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More chances to get active at the MAC

Basketball, new fitness centre times and extended hours start September 8
September 04, 2020

Update - Sep-11-2020: The information in this announcement is no longer current. Please refer to our MOVE Everywhere hub for the latest information and program schedules.

We are very pleased to announce more opportunities for students and members to get active at the MAC, starting September 8 - see below for details.

Coming soon: Stay tuned to and @RURecreation, external link social channels for ways to keep you moving, connected, feeling and thinking your best this fall, including:

  • New virtual group fitness classes via Zoom
  • Intramural Esports challenges
  • Neighbourhood-based connections

Fitness Centre: Time Slot Changes, Extended Hours

Starting Tuesday, September 8, you will notice changes to our MAC Fitness Centre booking times. Since the MAC reopened on August 10, we have tracked our usage and capacity closely. With a new school year upon us and over 95% of individual workout spots booked by students, we are extending our hours and adjusting our schedule to ensure we can meet the increasing demand:

  • Weekdays, open until 9:45pm starting September 8
    • First booking of the day: 90 minutes
    • All other bookings: 75 minutes
  • Weekends, open until 6:30pm starting September 8
    • All bookings 90 minutes

Pre-reserved ‘Drop-in’ Sports

Our ‘drop-in’ recreation program will return with pre-reserved slots for basketball starting September 8. Things will be very different, with only one person per net in MAC Home Court, but the chance to play and be active matters, especially as fall weather arrives and outdoor options become less viable.

While only open to basketball for now, we remain committed to bringing back more sport options in due course, as it is possible and safe to do so.

Weekly Schedule: 

Students/members will be able to reserve one 50 minute slot per day. Please see schedule overview below, and check available bookings in the reservation system for the latest:

  • Monday @ 5:00-8:50pm
  • Tuesday @ 2:00-8:50pm
  • Wednesday @ 9:00am-12:50pm
  • Thursday @ 9:00am-12:50pm
  • Friday @ 2:00-8:50pm
  • Saturday @ 1:00-4:50pm
  • Sunday @ 1:00-4:50pm

What to Expect

‘Drop-in’ sports will resume under the same health and safety parameters as our fitness center, with members required to pre-reserve their time, complete health screenings and follow all protocols as laid out in our initial reopening information

In addition, when reserving a time to play basketball, please observe the following rules:

  • Maximum 1 person per net/half-court, maintaining 2 metres physical distance with other users at all times
  • Members must bring their own ball - while typical to return errant rebounds between courts, users should only interact with their ball
  • Members must enter/exit through the MAC Fitness Centre, using the north doors to the Mattamy Home Court
  • All personal belongings must be stored in the day-use lockers by the fitness centre change rooms

How to reserve a court time:

Follow the instructions available under the ‘How to Reserve a Workout Time Online’ on our reopening page and choose the ‘Basketball - MAC Half Court Reservations’ option to see available times.

For more information, please visit our Athletics & Recreation Reopening Plan or email us at

While priority access remains in place for students and staff/faculty with memberships, we are working hard to include members from our broader community as soon as possible.