Recreation Sports


Newark Campus Recreational Sports provides free intramural, recreation and fitness opportunities for students, faculty and staff of Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark. Verified alumni from both institutions are eligible for membership for a minimal fee.

In addition to all available federal, state, local and university guidelines, Recreational Sports follows guidance of national sports governing bodies to ensure physical distancing practices and other safety protocols are in place.

Per university guidelines we are requiring visitors to wear masks regardless of the type of exercise or vaccination status. Health checks are not required.

For more information, please see our COVID-19 Policy Information.


The following facility changes have been made to promote physical distancing:

  • Fitness equipment is distanced at least six feet apart following state guidelines.
  • Six to 10 feet of physical distance is maintained in all activity spaces.
  • Facility occupancy is limited.
  • Shared equipment is limited and available for checkout. Users may bring their own equipment for personal use.
Cleaning expectations
  • Recreational sports follows cleaning and disinfection guidelines outlined in the facilities section.
  • Staff in facilities are stationed in areas to clean equipment and other high touch spaces regularly throughout the day. All spaces are also be cleaned and disinfected nightly.
  • Cleaning supplies are available to patrons and are encouraged to be used on equipment pre- and post-workout.
Activities, programs and services
  • Activities are permitted but limited to or reduced to no physical contact, such as cardio, strength training, running, jogging, walking, or weightlifting. The use of the court may be limited to approved classes and for individual users.
  • Group fitness classes available virtually.
  • Day lockers are limited and operated with physical distancing in place.
Personal safety expectations
  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear a face mask indoors at all times, regardless of their vaccination status. Masks must cover the nose, mouth and chin. Members should modify their activity level to accommodate wearing a mask.


Autumn Semester Hours

We will be closed for the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 6. The gym will be open normal hours on Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5.

Monday 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Wednesday 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Thursday 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday 4 – 9 p.m.

Hours of operation vary depending on the time of the year and special events taking place in the gymnasium. If you have questions about specific daily hours of operation, please contact the center directly: 740.755.7104. Adena Hall is located at 1159 University Drive.


Adena Recreation Center

The Adena Recreation Center is open throughout the day and evening for recreational use by students, faculty, and staff of the Newark campus. Participants must present their BUCK-ID for entry to the facility.

Over 10,000 square feet of space

  • State-of-the-art cardio machines
  • New weight equipment and racks

Multipurpose room

  • 1500 square feet
  • Wood floors and mirrored walls

Multipurpose Field

  • Multipurpose grass turf field 50 yds x 80 yds
  • Used for multiple sports and classes


  • 14,000 square feet of space
  • 2 full size basketball courts or
  • 2 full volleyball courts

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Intramural Sports – Leagues or Tournaments

​​​​​​Intramural sports provide an opportunity for students of all skill levels to stay active and compete weekly with other students. Each year, approximately 750 students participate in a variety of Intramural events. A specific Intramurals bulletin board with information and schedules for each semester is located in Adena Hall between the men’s and women’s locker rooms.

  • Flag football
  • 3v3 Basketball
  • Dodge Ball
  • Ping Pong
  • Badminton
  • Indoor Soccer (futsal)
  • Strength Competition Lifting
  • Strength Competition Crossfit
  • Corn Hole Tournament
  • Golf Scramble
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Race to the Finish 5K
  • Kickball
Who Can Participate
  • Any COTC or Ohio State Newark student
  • Faculty and staff members of COTC and Ohio State Newark
How to Get Involved
  • All intramural participants will be required to create an account at or on the app for your smartphone.
  • Remember if you have not completed an Intramural Waiver, you must provide one prior to competing​. Save time, download now.
  • Adena Recreation Center​ – 2 basketball courts, weight room, cardio room (must present valid COTC or BUCKID for entry to gym)
  • Outdoor basketball court – located behind Residence Halls
  • Two flag football fields and soccer field w/two full-size goals – located across from the Warner Center parking lot
Tell Us What You Want

The Intramural program was established to serve you. If you have an Intramural sporting event in mind, contact the intramurals coordinator and let us know. We will try to make it part of the semester Intramural schedule. 

Contact the Intramurals Coordinator

Sports Clubs

  • Student
  • Running
  • Soccer


  • Our student staff is a key component in our approach to fulfill our mission, vision and values of the Student Life and Recreation Sports Programs.
  • See our current job listings at Student Financial Services.

Recreation Sports Calendar and Guide Book

Rec Sports Calendar Cover art

Rec Sports Guide Book Cover


Alumni Membership

Working out at the Adena Recreation Center can help improve your health and keep you motivated!

Workout machines at the Adena Recreation Center

In addition to helping you to burn fat and calories, cardiovascular exercise also helps to strengthen your heart and prevent against risky medical conditions. We offer various services to help you meet your fitness goals. We can help you add variety to your routine to decrease boredom, which is one reason people quit exercising. You can also meet other people who can help keep you motivated.