Office of Student Life

Recreational Sports

Rental Policies

The primary purpose of Rec Sports's facilities is to provide recreational and physical activity opportunities to Ohio State students and faculty/staff who purchase memberships.

Student Life Recreational Sports shares several facilities with the Department of Athletics and the Department of Human Sciences, whose primary uses are to conduct intercollegiate athletics and Department of Human Sciences academic courses. After these primary uses have been met, Recreational Sports may make the remaining time and space available to outside groups on a rental basis, using the following priority list:

  • Recognized student groups of The Ohio State University
  • Ohio State University departments/academic units
  • General public

This policy applies to all indoor and outdoor facilities managed by Rec Sports including, but not limited to, the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), the Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), the Jesse Owens Recreation Centers, Fred Beekman Park, Lincoln Tower Park, Coffey Road Park and Jesse Owens West Park.

Group Definitions:

Recognized Ohio State Student Group:  To be considered for group rentals, student groups must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered and active student organization or residence hall floor. All other student groups may require the review and approval of the University Recreational Sports Committee (URSC).
  • Be free of unresolved issues related to prior use of Recreational Sports's facilities.

University Department/Academic Unit:
Any official Ohio State University office or department with a university budget. University departments/academic units must pay with an internal eRequest. To rent space, a university department must be free of unresolved issues related to prior use of Recreational Sports's facilities.

General Public: 
Any group not included in the above two categories.

General Rental Guidelines
  • Any event considered by Student Life Recreational Sports to be potentially harmful to the public image of The Ohio State University, Student Life Recreational Sports, the Department of Athletics or the Department of Human Sciences will not be allocated space.
  • Student Life Recreational Sports reserves the right to determine the potential harm to facilities and may reject said request.
  • The scheduling of events will be based on facility availability and approval by Recreational Sports. There may also be a review by other department-supported committees.
  • All events will be negotiated by Recreational Sports, which will determine the extent of Ohio State personnel required to safeguard the university's interest.
  • Recreational Sports must have the appropriate contract for each request.
  • University departments/academic units must present a completed eRequest to the Recreational Sports Scheduling and Events office three business days in advance of the event, or the event will be cancelled.
  • Groups renting a facility will be held financially responsible for any special cleaning, maintenance or repair resulting from the event or activity.
  • Groups renting a facility are required to observe all applicable policies of Recreational Sports and The Ohio State University, and all local, state and federal laws.
  • Recreational Sports is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged property belonging to the members of rental groups using the facilities.
  • Filming and photography in the facilities must be approved in advance. Filming of materials for personal gain including YouTube channels is not allowed in the recreation facilities. For other requests email at least a week in advance to secure approval.
Rental Fees and Associated Charges

General Public: Full Rate
Recognized Ohio State Student Groups*: No Charge
University Departments/Academic Units: 50% Discount
Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA):50% Discount

*Guests and members of recognized student groups who are not enrolled for at least four credit hours must purchase a daily guest pass to enter an indoor facility, or the student group may rent the facility space at the 50 percent discounted rate to allow access for non-member participants attending the event.

*Although student groups are not required to pay space rental fees, they are required to pay event operation, after hour charges and equipment charges. 

Space Rental Fees: The length of the rental period includes preparation, set up and tear-down/clean-up times. If a group uses a facility for a portion of an hour, they will be charged for the full hour, unless they have rented the facility for the day (i.e. Recreational Sports will bill in one hour increments. If an event is two and one-half hours long, the group will be billed for three hours).

Event Operation Charges:  In addition to the rental fee, the rental group is responsible for all direct labor costs incurred by Recreational Sports that are necessary for the proper operation and maintenance of the facility. These costs include, but are not limited to, facility operations staff, environmental services staff, ushering, lifeguards, paramedics, security and traffic personnel, sport officials and scoreboard operators. The amount of staff assigned to an event will be determined based on the size and nature of the event. Rental groups will also be charged for any special cleaning, maintenance or repair resulting from the event or activity.

After Hours Charges: In addition to the rental and event operation fees, any group that schedules an event outside of a facility's regular operating hours must pay the personnel costs incurred in keeping the facility open beyond its posted hours.

Equipment Charges: Additional charges will be assessed for any equipment, e.g. scoreboards, PA systems, podiums, tables, chairs.

Deposits: General public groups whose rental charges exceed $100 will be required to pay a mandatory deposit of 50 percent of the rental fees. If the rental charges are less than $100, the mandatory deposit will be 100 percent of the rental fee.  Deposits are due no later than 10 business days prior to the event. If not received, the event may be cancelled. The first $100 of the deposit is non-refundable; the balance of the deposit that exceeds $100 will be refunded.

An approved eRequest is required of university departments/academic units three business days prior to the event. If not received, the event may be cancelled. If a department cancels their event with less than 14 days notice, they will be charged a deposit fee of 50 percent of the estimated rental fee, not to exceed $100.

Final Payment Due Date: Rental fees and all other associated charges are due 30 days following the event date, or in the case of a long-term rental, 30 days following the expiration of the lease term.

Outstanding Balances: Any group with an outstanding balance that exceeds 30 days from the end date of the group's last lease will not be allowed to use space until the outstanding balance is paid in full. Any outstanding balances that exceed 60 days will be sent to the Ohio State Department of Accounts Receivable for collection. A finance charge of 1.5 percent per month, or an annual rate of 18 percent, will be charged to all outstanding balances. Any group whose outstanding balance exceeds 60 days may be denied future use of the facilities. 

Cancellation Fees: The termination of a rental agreement by either party can only occur if notice is provided to the other party at least 14 days before the lease term begins. If Recreational Sports cancels due to unforeseen events the deposit will be refunded in full. If the rental group terminates an agreement less than 14 days before the event, they will forfeit the full 50 percent mandatory deposit plus any expenses incurred by Recreational Sports in preparation of the anticipated event.

Long Term Rental Discount: Groups that rent on a regular basis throughout a calendar year may receive a specified discount on rental fees based on the number of hours rented. These agreements are made on a first-come, first-serve, basis. Staff costs are not discounted. Space and time for long-term rentals will be scheduled semesterly, but the lease discount will be cumulative for a calendar year. A mandatory deposit of 50 percent of the rental fee must be paid 10 business days prior to the beginning of the lease period. Groups will be billed at the expiration of their lease term. These invoices are due 30 days from the date of the invoice. All payment and outstanding balance policies apply to these rentals.

The discount for long-term rentals will be calculated annually and taken from the final invoice of the year. If necessary, a refund check will be issued or a credit will be applied to the following year's rental deposit. The discount schedule is as follows:

  • 200 - 399 hours paid in a calendar year - 10% discount
  • 400 - 599 hours paid in a calendar year - 20% discount
  • 600 - 799 hours paid in a calendar year - 30% discount
  • 800 - 999 hours paid in a calendar year - 40% discount
  • 1,000+ hours paid in a calendar year - 50% discount

Please note: The discounts above apply to all Recreational Sports facilities except McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. For long-term rental discounts for McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion, visit the aquatic rental rates page.

Facility Request Process

It is recommended that any party wanting to use a Recreational Sports facility should submit their request in writing at least four weeks prior to the event. Requests are typically processed 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Confirmation of the request will be made by Recreational Sports once it is determined that the facility is available and the requirements of the event are satisfactory. Visit the reserve a space web page for more information.


Recognized Ohio State Student Group: Guests and members of recognized student groups who are not enrolled for at least four credit hours must purchase a guest pass and sign the Release of Claims form to enter an indoor facility.

University Department/Academic Unit: University departments/academic units are responsible for insuring that any non-employee attending their rental event signs a Release of Claims form.

General Public: The lessee shall obtain a policy, or policies, of general insurance in the state of Ohio that provides coverage for personal injury and property damage in the amount of at least $1 million for each person, and $3 million total for personal injuries or death suffered by any person or persons arising from the use of the facility or the services provided. The Lessee shall name The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University Board of Trustees as named insured and the Lessee shall provide notice to the Lessor of proof of insurance in the form of a certificate of insurance at least 10 business days in advance of the commencing lease term. Failure to obtain a certificate of insurance does not constitute a waiver of such insurance by Lessor. Failure of a group to provide the Department of Recreational Sports with a certificate of insurance will result in the cancellation of the event and forfeit of deposit.

Food Service

Rental groups are not permitted to bring their own food or beverages to any indoor or outdoor facility or activity space without the approval of the Director of Recreational Sports. Catering and concessions must be coordinated through Recreational Sports from a list of approved caterers. A 15 percent catering site fee will be added to all food and beverage by the caterer and paid directly back to Recreational Sports. Eating and drinking are allowed only in specified areas. Alcoholic beverages and all forms of illegal substances are strictly prohibited. All guests must abide by Recreational Sports's no smoking policy.

NOTE: The university has an exclusive beverage contract with the Coca-Cola Company that must be complied with in any facility at The Ohio State University.


Rental groups are not allowed to sell products, or contract with outside vendors to sell products, in a Student Life Recreational Sports's facility without the prior written approval of Student Life Recreational Sports and The Ohio State University. 

Outdoor Facilities

Recreational Sports does not guarantee alternate indoor facilities, or rain dates, in the event of inclement weather; however, it will make every effort to find space or alternate dates. If Recreational Sports cancels due to unforeseen events, deposits will be refunded in full. If the rental group terminates an agreement less than 14 days before the event, they will forfeit the full 50 percent mandatory deposit plus any expenses incurred by tRecreational Sports in preparation of the anticipated event.

Signage and Decorations

No signage or decorations are permitted without the prior approval of Recreational Sports. Request for approval must be submitted to Recreational Sports Scheduling and Events office at least two weeks prior to the event.

Member Reservations

Students and faculty/staff who have paid the Recreational Sports Facilities and Programs fee may reserve the following spaces at no charge, providing that all participants are members, and that no additional staff time and/or equipment is required. Any expenses incurred by the department for additional staff time or damages will be charged to the members reserving the space. Non-members must purchase a daily guest pass to use the facilities.

  • Basketball court at Jesse Owens Recreational Center-North
  • Tennis court (indoor and outdoor)
  • Racquetball court
  • Squash court
Policy Exceptions

Any exceptions to this policy require the approval of the University Recreational Sports Committee (URSC).

Sales and Solicitation

No unauthorized petitioning or soliciting may be conducted in or around the recreational facilities.  Any solicitations other than in accordance with our reservation guidelines are not permitted. The purpose of this policy is to prevent disturbance or disruption to recreation facility members and visitors and allow them to conduct activities unhampered. Solicitation includes, but is not limited to distribution of flyers (whether political, religious, commercial, noncommercial or charitable), conducting a poll, survey, petition drives, vocal appeals for donations, actively providing an item or service with no value in exchange for donations and recruitment for blood drives or other charitable causes.

To permit the free flow of pedestrian traffic and to promote the safe and orderly conduct of recreation facility operations, approved sales and solicitations are limited to specific reserved space. Vendors may not circulate in pedestrian traffic areas or approach individuals. If an event is occurring within a recreation facility, an organization may work with the event coordinator to plan for directional or other publicity needs related to that event. Vendors must identify themselves by names displayed in their designated area and must not use Recreational Sports in advertisements/publicity without prior written approval.