Athletics Center

Athletics Center Policies

Membership Passes

  • Purdue University and Indiana University Fort Wayne faculty, staff, student spouses, other college students, alumni memberships and donor benefit memberships can be purchased at the Athletics Center Customer Service Desk.  For information call 260-481-6655.
  • Community memberships can also be purchased at the Athletics Center Customer Service Desk. 
  • Guests must be accompanied by an Athletics Center member.
  • All individuals (under 13) must be supervised by an adult while they are in the building.
  • No one under the age of 16 is allowed in the strength and cardio-conditioning rooms or use any exercise equipment.
  • No alcohol and tobacco are allowed
  • No product solicitation or unauthorized personal training is allowed.

Membership ID Cards

  • You must have a valid Purdue University Fort Wayne or Indiana University Fort Wayne Mastodon card every time you use the Athletics Center fitness areas.
  • Check in at the Customer Service Desk or Weight Room Check-In Desk before you use the facility and remember to pick it up when you leave.
  • ID cards can be printed at the Walb Union Information Desk. For information call 260-481-6612.


  • An Athletics Center patron may buy a pass for a guest at the cost of $5 per individual per day.
  • The patron must accompany the guest(s) and is responsible for the guest abiding by the rules of the facility.

Entrance and Exit

  • Entering and exiting through the east and west entrances or from the south corridor from the Walb Student Union.
  • Violation of this policy may result in loss of building privileges.
  • Check in at the Customer Service Desk located at the east corridor.
  • The cardio/fitness room, weight room, racquetball courts, intramural courts (fieldhouse), and 1/8 mile Mondo track (fieldhouse) are located on the first floor.
  • The indoor (1/9 mile) track is located on the second floor.
  • Locker rooms and showers are located on the lower level.
  • All areas are accessible by elevator.

Locker Rooms and Locks

  • There are general locker rooms for men and women; and locker rooms for faculty and staff locate on the lower level.
  • Locks are available to rent for $1 per day with a Mastodon ID. You are welcome to bring your own lock and keep it on your locker for the duration of your workout.
  • Lockers are available for rent in the Faculty/Staff Locker Room. Inquire at the Customer Service Desk.
  • All locks left on unrented lockers will be cut off and the contents will be kept at the Customer Service Desk for one week. Unclaimed items will be discarded after 30 days.


  • Blue jeans in any form are not permitted while working out.
  • Footwear must be athletic in nature, soft-soled and non-marking. Work boots and sandals are not permitted.
  • The Athletics Center staff will make the determination if there is a question regarding footwear or workout apparel.
  • All bags and purses must be kept in a locker downstairs. No bags will be allowed in the workout areas or fieldhouse.
  • Patrons must always wear a t-shirt, tank top or sports bra while working out.
  • During winter months and wet weather, clean shoes must be brought to wear while using the fitness center.

Safety and Conduct

  • When working out in the weight room,collars are required on the barbells during any lifting exercise.
  • Patrons should pick up weight plates, dumbbells, and pads and return them to racks or proper storage area after use.
  • Patrons should clean equipment after use.
  • Dunking is not allowed on the basketball courts.
  • Gates Center employees can assist you if you cannot find a capable spotter.
  • Athletics Center staff have the authority to deem an activity unsafe and unacceptable.
  • Be cooperative and considerate with other patrons when it comes to using the workout areas.
  • For emergencies and injuries contact a Athletics Center customer service desk employee or dial 260-481-6827 for Police and Safety. Dial 911 for any medical emergencies.
  • Athletics Center personnel reserve the right to revoke user privileges if individuals exhibit inappropriate behaviors.
  • Patrons are required to disinfect equipment after using it using the provided cleaning materials.
  • Television stations are operated by the Athletics Center staff and may be changed upon request.

Special Events and Closings

  • The Athletics Center is a multi-purpose facility. Throughout the year there will be special events and functions that may require some or all of the Gates Sports Center to close.
  • Check for postings at the Customer Service Desk for updates.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use

  • Campus policy prohibits indoor smoking and the use of chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes in all buildings.
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne regulations also prohibit the possession, consumption, distribution, or sale of alcohol and other drugs on campus.

Cancellation Policy

  • Refunds for Athletics Center fitness membership purchases will be prorated and decided on a case-by-case basis.

Racquetball Court Reservations

  • Courts can be reserved 48 hours in advance by calling 260-481-6655.