Reservations at TCU Recreation Center in high demand due to pandemic guidelines



The University Recreation Center. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)

By Katherine Griffith

With limited capacity at the University Recreation Center, reservations are hard to come by.

The rec center is operating at a capacity of 350 people per time block, and students can make reservations up to three days in advance. 

Some students have found getting a reservation difficult.

“I liked it last semester when there were actually spots,” said Nick Sangalis, a junior finance major at TCU. 

Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness Promotion Jay Iorizzo said at the beginning of the fall semester that students could make their facility reservations up to a week in advance. However, the sign-up window is now limited to three days in advance in an effort to reduce no-shows and allow more students to sign up. 

“People were making reservations further in advance than their schedules allowed them to fit their workouts into their schedule,” Iorizzo said. “By decreasing [the reservation period] we did see a decrease in the number of no-shows.”

Part of the issue, Iorizzo said, is that there has been a steady 30% no-show rate since they made the switch. 

The fastest time blocks to fill up are 3 to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively, leaving many students forced to reserve a 6 to 9 a.m. or 8 to 11 p.m. slot, or to skip the gym altogether. 

“If the time I wanted [to work out] was full, I would probably just take the day off, because the slots tend to not open back up,” said Xavier Lopez, sophomore economics major.

People who cannot fulfill their reservations often don’t cancel them.

“As Frogs, we can do our part, and if you have a reservation, obviously keep that reservation, and if you don’t have a reservation, try and make one as people cancel their reservations,” said Iorizzo.

Correction: In the video above, Xavier Lopez is listed as a first-year pre-major. The article clarifies that Lopez is a sophomore economics major.