University at Buffalo The State University of New York

2016-2017 Recreation Fee Report


The Recreation fee was implemented in 1990 as a component of the Athletics fee. In 2016/17, the recreation fee was split out from athletic fee to create a separate Recreation fee. The Recreation fee supports the Recreation programs and services. A wide variety of programs and activities can be found on both campuses under the headings informal recreation, structured recreation, intramural sports, recreational instruction, group fitness and aquatics.

A well-run Recreational program enhances student recruitment and is a focal point for many student related activities.

Student Benefits/Impacts
  • Use of many Recreation services and facilities
    • Available recreation activities include:
      • Informal recreation (such as fitness centers and aquatics facilities)
      • Fitness (such as spinning and aerobics classes)
      • Intramural sports
      • Certification classes
  • Employment opportunities for students
  • Leadership opportunities – lifeguards, intramural officials, recreation supervisors, aerobics instructors, etc.
  • Increased diversity on campus
  • Increased opportunities for student interaction
  • Enhanced quality of student life
  • Increased institutional student recruitment and retention
  • Programs and activities available to students as a healthy alternative to the use of drugs and alcohol
  • Opportunities for enhanced student engagement and involvement on campus
  • Access to high quality facilities
  • Increased connection with community and Alumni
  • Opportunities for socialization and peer interaction in a positive and healthy environment
  • Access to programs developing vital life skills
  • Increased awareness of personal health and well-being
  • Access to activities that help to build self-esteem, reduce stress, and promote healthy development
Student Access

Indoor Activity (Facility):

  • Fitness Center (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Pool (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Jogging Track (Alumni Arena)
  • Racquetball Courts (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Squash Courts (Clark Hall)
  • Open Gym (EWPF – Alumni Arena, Large/Small Gym Clark Hall, Dance Studio, Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Men’s General Locker Room (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Women’s General Locker Room (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Sauna (Alumni Arena)
  • Steam Room  (Alumni Arena)
  • Small Equipment Use (Alumni Arena, Clark Hall)
  • Athletic Credit-bearing Classes  (North and South campus)

Outdoor Activity (Facility:

  • Field Space*     (North Campus: Kunz Field, Governor’s fields, Ellicott Fields, and South Campus: Rotary Field and Softball Field)
  • Track* (North Campus: Kunz Field)
  • *Outdoor spaces are available during available open recreation hours, weather permitting and subject to change.

Additional Services – May require an additional fee to participate

  • Intramural Sports                               
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Personal Training
  • Locker Rentals
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Swim Lessons
  • Lifeguard Certification Courses
  • Water Safety Instructor Certification Courses
  • CPR/AED Certification Courses
  • Athletic Credit-bearing Classes
  • Facility Rental
  • Retail

As a University partner, we will assist the Student Association/Club Sports with identifying and scheduling practices spaces.  Space is subject to availability and change.

Contact Information

Recreation Services

  • 716-645-2286 – North Campus
  • 716-829-2926 – South Campus

Alumni Arena - North Campus:

  • Monday - Sunday; hours vary

Clark Hall - South Campus:

  • Monday - Sunday; hours vary
Actual Expenditures
Comprehensive Fee budget graph by functional area Comprehensive budget graph by initiative area

Recreation and Intramurals: $785,256

Student Employment: $656,433

Provides employment opportunities to UB students in a variety of areas in support of recreation programs and Intramurals.

  • Clark Hall monitors
  • Alumni Arena monitors
  • Pro Shop Attendants
  • Team Store Attendant
  • Life guarding
  • Aerobics/spinning
  • Fitness center
  • Structured programs
  • Intramurals Officiating

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for $85,336 of Student Payroll costs.
  • 100% of Recreation and Intramurals student monitor payroll is funded through this fee.
  • Over 300 students are employed during the course of the year.

Recreation and Intramurals Infrastructure: $128,823

Provides resources for equipment purchases and minor facility upgrades, which enable all students to participate in a variety of programs and activities, both structured and informal.

  • Aquatics
  • Informal Recreation
  • Structured Recreation
  • Physical Fitness Testing Center
  • Recreation and Intramural Services Group Fitness
  • Intramurals
  • UB Fit Programs
  • CPR/AED Programs
  • Sport Clubs
  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Health and wellness
  • Athletic Training Consultation

Fast Facts

  • The General University Service Fee accounts for approximately $16,747 of Infrastructure costs.
  • Over 60% of Alumni Arena and Clark Hall visitors while monitors were on duty were undergraduate students.
  • Over 19,000 unique visitors at both facilities during monitored hours.
  • A total of 15 Intramural sports leagues are offered with approximately 4,900 participants per year
  • Over 2,000 individuals certified through CPR/AED courses each year

What does my recreation fee dollars go towards?

The Recreation fee supports a wide range of recreational programs, facilities, equipment, and student employees.

Does the money support sports or Athletics?

No, Recreation fees do not support sports or Athletics.

Why do you charge me for other programs like intramurals when I am paying a recreation fee?

The Recreation fee is not adequate to cover full funding for all of the programming and staffing that is appropriate for and demanded by our students. Therefore, some programs and services require fees to cover the operational costs.

Questions and comments regarding the Comprehensive Fee may be emailed to

Last updated: February 05, 2018 11:44 am EST