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Ritchie Center

Facility Policies

Identification Policies

Individuals interested in using the facilities within the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness must present one of the following:

  • University of Denver Student ID Card with valid facility membership.
  • University of Denver Faculty/Staff ID Card with valid facility membership.
  • Ritchie Center Membership Card.
  • Ritchie Center Punch Pass or Daily Pass Card.
  • Conference and Event Services ID Card with valid facility membership.
  • All other guests will be asked to sign into the facility and can be asked to show proof of identification.
  • Agreement or permit provided for group use of facilities.
  • Any questions regarding access to the facility can be brought to the attention of the Customer Service Manager or any full time Ritchie Center staff member.

General Operational Policies for All Facilities

All participants of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness are required to adhere to all University policies, regulations, guidelines, and all local, state and federal laws concerning health, safety, intoxicants, narcotics, drugs and public order. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in forfeiture of the privilege of using the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness and its programs and services.

  • Facilities are reserved for students, members and registered guests of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness and the University of Denver, and by permit/rental agreement from the Division of Athletics and Recreation.
  • Unless in a program, children under the age of 12 years must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times; children between 12-16 years of age must have a parent or guardian in the facility that can be contacted at all times. All children are to be affiliated with a program or a user with a valid facility membership.
  • Verbal and/or physical abuse towards an employee of the Division of Athletics and Recreation or a participant will result in immediate dismissal from the facility, with possible one-year suspension of all facility privileges and the possibility of expulsion from the University and legal charges filed.
  • No cursing or foul language.
  • No chewing gum or spitting.
  • No disorderly behavior of any kind, including excessive noise.
  • No vandalizing or defacing materials or property.
  • Dispose of trash, recycling or compost in correct containers.
  • Closed toe, non-marking soled shoes must be worn in the facility and should be free of debris prior to accessing an activity space.
  • All University of Denver buildings are smoke-free. State law prohibits smoking within 15 feet of any door.
  • No alcohol, tobacco products, firearms or illegal drugs are allowed in the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness.
  • Bicycles, skateboards, skates or scooters are prohibited in University facilities including the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. Bike racks are available in front of all facilities. No bikes are allowed to be parked/locked on railings, signs, or benches.
  • No pets other than service animals are allowed in the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness.
  • Food and drink are permitted in designated areas only. Glass containers are prohibited at all times.
  • Personal possessions should be stored in a locker. The University of Denver and its Division of Athletics and Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Due to the potential for cellular phones being used as a photographic device, their use is prohibited in all restrooms and locker room areas. Participants may use cellular phones in other areas but must adhere to restrictions regarding photography and videotaping.
  • Personal training is restricted to Division of Athletics and Recreation staff members.
  • Photography with any type of camera within Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness is prohibited unless prior arrangements have been made. Please contact the Director of Media Relations, Nicole Bostel, by email at nicole.bostel@du.edu or by phone at 303-871-4990 for further inquiry.
  • Signage or flyers of any type must be approved prior to posting. Tape is prohibited on any non-designated posting area.
  • If you are hurt in any way at the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness then please report your injury to a staff member.
  • For security purposes, external facility doors or entrances to the facility may not be left open or propped unless a staff member is in attendance and manages access to the facility.

Statement of Responsibility

Neither the University of Denver nor its Division of Athletics and Recreation accepts any responsibility for ill health or injury sustained while participating in any of its programs. No medical or ambulance expense incurred by a participant will be paid by the Division or by the University. Participation is on a voluntary basis. It is recommended that all participants undergo a prior physical examination and carry some form of health and injury insurance. If an injury does occur, it should be reported to the nearest staff member. In the event that blood is involved in an injury, that person cannot continue participating until the wound is properly cleaned and dressed; any clothing with blood should be removed.


The following policies and procedures are in addition to the ones stated above and are due to the specific nature of some of the facilities within the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness.

Coors Fitness Center

Occupancy capacity: 300

  • Exercises that may endanger you or other participants are strictly prohibited.
  • Safe and proper use of equipment is required at all times. If you are unsure how to use a piece of equipment, please ask the Director of Programming, Fitness Coordinator or a Personal Trainer. Please do not drop weights.
  • Users not familiar with how to operate an exercise machine and/or piece of equipment should seek assistance from a Coors Fitness Staff member. This assistance is provided free of charge.
  • If weights, pulleys or other parts become jammed, users should not attempt to free them without staff assistance. Please report the problem to the Fitness Center Front Desk Staff.
  • To reduce the chance of injury, users should keep their head and limbs clear of weights and moving parts at all times.
  • Weight plates, dumbbells, and other equipment accessories must be returned to their proper location use. Please re-rack dumbbells in weight order.
  • All strength training equipment must stay in its original location; moving equipment is not permitted.
  • Collars are recommended for use on bars.
  • Top loading additional weight onto the weight stack machines is prohibited.
  • Abuse of property (slamming weight stacks, dropping weights to the floor, etc.) or verbal or physical abuse of participants or staff will not be tolerated. Violators may be asked to leave the facility immediately and are subject to the Division of Athletics and Recreation participant disciplinary process.
  • Athletic shoes covering the entire foot must be worn at all times. Open-toed and open-heeled shoes and sandals are not permitted. Workout clothes that fully cover the chest must be worn. Shirts are required at all times.
  • There is a 30-minute limit for using cardiovascular equipment when others are waiting.
  • Members are expected to wipe down equipment after use.
  • Only authorized personnel of the Division of Athletics and Recreation are allowed to provide personal training services within the facility.
  • Please leave personal belongings in personal storage bins, lockers, or on hooks. The Division of Athletics and Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • All participants must enter/exit through designated areas.
  • TV policy: MYE allows participants to listen to TV stations with their headphones. (Please note: Listening devices/headphones are not provided by Division of Athletics and Recreation.)
  • For safety, maximal participant capacities have been established in accordance with local building codes and industry standards.
  • Strollers are not permitted on the activity areas within the facility.

Cycling Studio

Occupancy capacity: 30

  • Safe and proper use of equipment is required at all times. Please consult the Group Fitness Instructor if you have any questions.
  • Advanced reservations are recommended for cycling classes. To reserve a bike, please call the Coors Fitness Center at 303-871-3845, or register online at https://signup.recreation.du.edu. Reservations are available 48 hours in advance.

Fitness Studios

Occupancy capacity: 90

  • All fitness studio use requires supervision by a Division of Athletics and Recreation staff member.
  • Safe and proper use of equipment is required at all times. Please consult the Group Fitness Instructor if you have any questions.
  • All equipment should remain within the studios. Equipment from other areas may not be brought into the studios. Equipment should be used in the manner for which it is designed.
  • Class size may be limited due to the nature of the class.
  • Shoe removal is appropriate in yoga and flexibility training classes.
  • Use of the studio is limited to program participants. Please check the appropriate schedule for class/program time.
  • It is highly recommended that participants stay for the entire group fitness class to ensure participation in the proper warm-up and cool-down phase of class.

Racquetball & Squash/Wallyball Courts

Occupancy capacity:
Games: 4
Instruction: 20

  • Racquetball eye guards are recommended in order to reduce the chance of eye injuries and are available for checkout at the front desk.
  • Shirts that cover the chest are required as a common courtesy and for safety.
  • Clothing, equipment and other items should be placed in a locker, not on the court, the overlooking ledge or outside the door. The Division of Athletics and Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items hung on the wall hooks or stored in cubbies.
  • Advanced reservations are recommended. To reserve a court, call the Coors Fitness Center at 303-871-3845, or register online at https://signup.recreation.du.edu. Reservations are available 48 hours in advance.
  • Courts may not be reserved after the 10 minute grace period has expired. If 10 minutes has passed and someone is playing on a court, that same court may not be reserved at that moment to displace the current players.
  • Individuals must check in at the front desk to claim their reserved court.
  • Only clean, non-marking athletic shoes are allowed on the courts.
  • Equipment is available for check-out with an ID at the front desk.
  • Wallyball is available on racquetball courts 1 & 2.
  • Dust mops are available to assist in the cleaning of debris from the floor. Please see the front desk if a court needs to be cleaned.

El Pomar Natatorium

Occupancy capacity: 375

  • Participants may not enter the pool until a Division of Athletics and Recreation lifeguard is on duty. The lifeguard’s instructions must be obeyed at all times.
  • Lifeguards will make final decisions concerning the safety of all participants in the pool area.
  • If the lifeguards blow their whistles, stop what you are doing, and follow their instructions.
  • Running, rough play, intoxication and profanity is prohibited.
  • Only Coast Guard-approved life jackets are allowed as swimming aids and may only be used in the shallow area.
  • Water wings, inner tubes and like devices are prohibited.
  • Use of the dryland diving boards, pull-up bars and resistance training devices are not permitted by general participants. They are reserved for authorized staff member use with instruction.
  • No jumping or diving from the starting blocks unless supervised by a Division of Athletics and Recreation staff member.
  • Lane lines should only be used as safety lines in case of an emergency.
  • Swimsuits are required. No cut-offs, gym shorts or other attire is allowed. Changing clothes on deck is prohibited.
  • Infants and toddlers must wear swim diapers.
  • No glass containers, food or drink (except water in plastic bottles) are permitted in the pool area.
  • State law requires that all swimmers must take a shower before entering the pool.
  • Only towels, deck footwear and items necessary for swimming are allowed on deck. All other personal belongings must be stored in a locker.
  • Lap swimming will follow a circular pattern, swimming on the right-hand side of the lane at all times except to pass. Please try to pass another swimmer at the wall.
  • Extended breath-holding exercises are prohibited.
  • In the event of an injury, an accident or if you are not feeling well, please notify a lifeguard immediately.
  • During activity, please keep unused equipment near the poolside and out of the way of participants on the deck.
  • Goggles, kickboards, pull buoys, fins and stroke paddles are allowed. Please return all equipment to the related storage bin.
  • All equipment in the storage containers are the property of the University of Denver’s Division of Athletics and Recreation and should only be used in the pool area.

Lap swim etiquette

Adults 15 and older have priority

  • Please choose a lane that best matches your swimming ability and pace.
  • Swim in a circle, counter-clockwise, at about 5-10 seconds apart. Slower swimmers must allow faster swimmers to pass; wait at the wall until the faster swimmer turns. No butterfly stroke while circle swimming.
  • During lap swim, each lane may have up to five swimmers.
  • If others are waiting, please limit your swim to 30 minutes. Please follow all of the lifeguards’ directions.
  • Staff may have to move lanes to accommodate the pool schedule. Please do not be offended. We will move swimmers as little as possible. You are welcome to swim through lane line conversion when converting from long course to short course, and vice versa.

Diving board and well

  • The diving boards are restricted to NCAA team use and registered USA Diving participants with an approved facility agreement. No general use is permitted.
  • Participants in the diving well must be able to swim the width of the pool.
  • While the diving boards and platforms are in use, no other activity is permitted in that area of the diving well.
  • In the event of an injury, an accident or if you are not feeling well, please notify a lifeguard immediately.

Locker Rooms
  • Lockers are rented to current Daniel L. Ritchie Center members and students with a valid ID. Please see the front desk to reserve a locker. Lockers are available for rental on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Daily locker use: Daily use lockers are available in the Men’s and Women’s Crimson Locker Rooms. Participants may insert a quarter to access these lockers. The Division of Athletics and Recreation does not assume any responsibility for belongings that are left in daily use lockers overnight. Any questions regarding belongings left in day use lockers should be directed to the front desk. Any outside locks left on daily use lockers will be cut-off at the end of each day.
  • With the exception of rental lockers, items may not be left overnight. Contents of unauthorized lockers will be removed by the University of Denver.
  • Items such as illegal paraphernalia, hazardous substances, perishable products and weapons are prohibited from being stored in any locker.
  • The University of Denver holds the right to open and search any locker at our discretion.
  • Locker security: Always remember to double-check your lock when showering or leaving the locker area. The Division of Athletics and Recreation is not responsible for items lost or stolen in the locker room or from lockers. An incident report form may be filed at the front desk in the event of a loss or theft. Participants are also encouraged to file a police report for any lost or stolen items.
  • Locker clean out: Locker clean out will take place during the week following the end of a month. It is the participant’s responsibility to renew or clean out their locker prior to the locker rental expiration date. Personal locks found on expired lockers will be cut off. Belongings found in any locker will be bagged and stored in lost and found at the front desk for 30 days from the clean out date. After 30 days, all items will be considered abandoned and disposed of. The Division of Athletics and Recreation does not assume any responsibility for belongings in expired lockers.
  • Children 6 and older should go in the gender appropriate locker rooms. Families with children under 6 years of age should use the available family locker room.
  • Suitmates: Suitmates are located in the men and women’s locker rooms. Please use these machines for drying swimsuits only. The Division of Athletics and Recreation cannot accept responsibility for swimsuits damaged in the suitmate machines so participants are cautioned to use the machines at their own risk.
  • Accessible lockers: Accessible lockers are available to persons with disabilities in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms in the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness.
  • If soap dispensers are empty or there are any other maintenance concerns, please notify the Coors Fitness Center Front Desk.
  • Camera or video recorder use is prohibited at all times.
  • Please beware: Floor may be slippery when wet.

Gates Field House

Occupancy capacity: 960

  • No grabbing, hanging on rims or nets, or hand in the "cylinder" is permitted due to safety and maintenance concerns.
  • Participants are not to tamper with the panel boxes located on the west wall. Requests or problems with the nets and/or curtains should be referred to the Coors Fitness Center Front Desk.
  • Basketballs, volleyballs and soccer balls are available for use at the Coors Fitness Center Front Desk. IDs must be left at the front desk in exchange for all equipment.
  • Volleyball nets and standards, and hockey goals will be set up and taken down by on-duty Venue Monitors and Division of Athletics and Recreation staff.
  • Kicking or throwing of balls and/or other equipment towards the ceiling or walls is not permitted. Violators will be asked to leave the facility immediately and will be billed for the damages.
  • The red partition/curtains will separate each court when they are in use.
  • Gym bags and book bags must be secured in a rental or day-use locker.
  • Only non-marking gym shoes will be allowed on the courts.

Stapleton Tennis Pavilion

Occupancy capacity: 150

  • Court use requires a reservation. Students and members may reserve court times 48 hours in advance by calling the Coors Fitness Center Front Desk at 303-871-3845.
  • Pets are not permitted on the tennis courts.
  • No glass containers are allowed in the tennis pavilion. All beverages must be in plastic containers.
  • Skateboards, bicycles, roller skates, roller blades and games other than tennis are not permitted on the tennis courts.
  • Play is on a first come basis unless players have reserved the court ahead of time.
  • Reservations are available in one-hour increments.
  • Sitting or leaning on the nets is damaging and is strictly prohibited.
  • Proper tennis etiquette should be observed at all times. Excessive noise, racquet throwing or profanity will not be permitted at any time.
  • Tennis facilities are exclusively for tennis play and practices.

Tennis etiquette

We strive to make your experience with us a positive one. In doing so, we suggest the following guidelines in court etiquette:

  • Respect the play of others by seeking permission to cross their court when necessary.
  • Acknowledge the party (or parties) who have the next court time, and let them know you will finish your game or point promptly.
  • When your time is up, allow the next group to take the court.
  • If you are the arriving party, let the players occupying your court know you are there and ready to play at a time that does not interrupt play.
  • If your ball rolls on to another court, please wait for play to stop on that court before chasing your ball behind players.
  • Out of respect for others, please keep loud conversation to a minimum.
  • It is our hope that these guidelines for better court etiquette will be recognized by all participants.

Joy Burns Arena

Occupancy capacity: 300

  • All skaters must check in at the front desk and receive approval to access the ice.
  • Youth are not permitted in locker rooms without adult supervision.
  • Skating aids ("walkers" and "sleds") are available for use on the ice. Wheelchairs may also go onto the ice and should enter at the Zamboni doors.
  • No running or horseplay.
  • No stick or puck/ball play is allowed outside of the playing surfaces.
  • No food or beverages allowed on the ice at any time.
  • When hockey activities begin on the ice, all rink doors must be closed.
  • Checking is not permitted and will not be tolerated outside of approved leagues and practices.
  • Intentionally chipping and/or gouging the ice are prohibited.
  • Skating in a manner that endangers or interferes with other skaters safety or pleasure is strictly forbidden.
  • Roughness, excessive speeding or weaving through other skaters is prohibited.
  • No tag or games of any kind are permitted on or off the ice.
  • No more than two people may skate together.
  • No one is permitted on the ice without skates.
  • While on the ice, skaters must keep moving.
  • Beginning skaters should try to skate along the boards for their own safety. This means others should avoid standing along the board area.
  • Skaters are not allowed to carry children or secondary items such as cameras, handbags, etc., while skating.
  • Patrons must not sit on, lean over or leave articles on the dasher boards.
  • All exits are to be kept clear at all times.
  • No one except Division of Athletics and Recreation staff members are allowed on the ice during resurfacing. Zamboni doors must be closed before anyone is permitted onto the playing surface.
  • Throwing snowballs or any objects is strictly prohibited.

Magness Arena

Occupancy capacity: 8,000

  • Please adhere to all Joy Burns Ice Arena use policies within Magness Arena.
  • On non-athletic event days, seating within the Magness Arena is restricted to Sections 8-12.
  • All video and scoreboard equipment must be coordinated through the Assistant Athletic Director of Technical Services and requires a minimum of two weeks advanced notice/request.
  • Correct entrances and exits to the facility must be used.

Gymnastics Facility

Occupancy capacity: 250

  • No student is allowed in the gym areas or on any equipment without a Division of Athletics and Recreation staff member present.
  • No running in the facility unless directed by your coach/instructor.
  • No one other than currently enrolled gymnasts is allowed in the gymnastics area or on the equipment for any reason.
  • Spotting is to be done by coaches only. No student or parent spotting of gymnasts.
  • Report any injury, unusual pain or discomfort felt during participation to your coach or instructor immediately.
  • All food and drinks other than water must remain inside the observation area and outside of the gym. Please report any spills to the front desk immediately.

CIBER Field & Soccer Stadium

Occupancy capacity: 2,200

Please follow the signage directions placed at the facility at all times, i.e. Field Closed, etc.

  • Food
    • No outside food/beverage delivery or catering allowed.
    • No grills or cooking allowed in the complex other than by Sodexo Sports & Leisure.
  • Vehicles/Parking
    • No unauthorized vehicles are allowed on emergency roadways and pathways.
    • No parking in unauthorized areas due to emergency vehicle access.
  • Field
    • No dogs or other animals are allowed in the playing field areas.
    • No bicycles, skateboards or scooters in the field areas.
    • No entry onto the playing fields by persons not authorized. This includes cutting across and warming up on closed fields. In order to maintain the highest standard for play, fields must be given time to recover. This policy will be strictly enforced and your cooperation is appreciated.
    • No fires of any kind, including fuel heaters.
    • All goals, corner flags and players benches are to remain on their designated field and should not be moved for any reason. Failure to comply could result in suspension of playing and/or rental privileges.
    • Any temporary lining of the fields with paint must be approved by the Associate Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation.
    • Fields will be closed occasionally due to maintenance or inclement weather.
  • Scoreboard
    • The scoreboard is reserved for NCAA program use or selected events. A Division of Athletics and Recreation staff operator must always be present for use.
  • Behavior
    • No profanity, vulgar language or fighting.
    • No alcohol or drugs.
    • No climbing on fences, trees, goals, stadium, etc.
    • No weapons of any kind.
    • No solicitation of any type.
    • No littering and please pick up after use.
    • No destruction or damage to property including climbing over the fence.
    • No unauthorized fireworks or other explosive devices.

Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium

Occupancy capacity: 2,200

Please follow the signage directions placed at the facility at all times, i.e. Field Closed, etc.

  • Food
    • No outside food/beverage delivery or catering allowed.
    • No grills or cooking allowed in the complex other than by Sodexo Sports & Leisure.
  • Vehicles/Parking
    • No unauthorized vehicles are allowed on emergency roadways and pathways.
    • No parking in unauthorized areas due to emergency vehicle access.
  • Field
    • No dogs or other animals are allowed in the playing field area.
    • No bicycles, skateboards or scooters in the field area.
    • No entry onto the playing field by persons not authorized. This includes cutting across and warming up on a closed field. In order to maintain the highest standard for play, the field must be used for approved activities. This policy will be strictly enforced, and your cooperation is appreciated.
    • No fires of any kind, including fuel heaters.
    • All goals, training devices and players’ benches are to remain on their designated field and should not be moved for any reason. At the completion of an activity, all goals, training devices and benches should be returned to the correct location. Failure to comply could result in suspension of playing and/or rental privileges.
    • Fields will be closed occasionally due to maintenance or inclement weather.
  • Scoreboard
    • The scoreboard is reserved for NCAA program use or selected events. A Division of Athletics and Recreation staff operator must always be present for use.
  • Behavior
    • No profanity, vulgar language or fighting.
    • No alcohol or drugs.
    • No climbing on fences, trees, goals, stadium, etc.
    • No weapons of any kind.
    • No solicitation of any type.
    • No littering and please pick up after use.
    • No destruction or damage to property including climbing over the fence.
    • No unauthorized fireworks or other explosive devices.

Hamilton Gymnasium

Occupancy capacity: 2,300

  • The courts are primarily for basketball and volleyball use only. Other use activities should be scheduled or have the approval of the Associate Vice Chancellor of Athletics & Recreation.
  • Equipment within the facility should only be moved by a Division of Athletics and Recreation staff member.
  • Basket, court partition and lighting switches should only be operated by a Division of Athletics and Recreation staff member.
  • No grabbing or hanging onto the basketball rims.
  • Please keep the curtains down to keep balls from interfering with other practices.

Meeting & Event Spaces

Occupancy capacity: 12-200

  • All spaces must be booked via the scheduling office at 303-871-7577.
  • For internal Division of Athletics and Recreation meetings, the meeting coordinator is responsible for the room set-up, organization and clean-up. All spaces should be returned to their original set-up. Diagrams are often available on the interior of the meeting space.
  • For external events, an event manager will be present and coordinate the logistics of the group. All external users require an agreement to be in place.
  • Any damage or failure to clean up will be assessed on a user group.

Reserved Facilities

A number of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness facilities are reserved for its Division of Athletics and Recreation, and a permit or agreement must be secured for use by an outside entity. Without a permit or agreement, all users are subject to removal from the facility. All access and use of the facilities below must be coordinated with the Division of Athletics and Recreation scheduling office at 303-871-7577, and a Division of Athletics and Recreation staff member must be present.


Please note: All policies and procedures of the Ritchie Center are subject to change.