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Student Recreation Fields Open to the Kent State Community

Posted June 16, 2014 | Hannah Hamner
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Kent State University community members make use of the
pavilion at the Student Recreation Fields.

Kent State University faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of the Student Recreation Fields this summer.

The Student Recreation Fields officially opened in October 2013 and are used by a number of Kent State club sports teams for practices and games, says Abby Millsaps, marketing coordinator for Kent State’s Department of Recreational Services.

The space is also intended for outdoor intramural sports, such as flag football, and for pickup games. The opportunities are close to “limitless,” Millsaps says.

The fields are located off Loop Road. The first field is across the street from the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and the second is across from the Ice Arena.

The fields have already proved a success, as many students were quick to use the space to their liking in the fall. This was most evident during the flag football season.

“It was the first time in 14 years that we were able to bring outdoor soccer back to Kent State,” says Millsaps. “It was very fun. We had tons of participation.”

There also is a brand-new covered pavilion between the fields with restroom facilities and picnic tables.

“It’s a really nice spot,” says Millsaps. “You can have your lunch or hang out there between classes.”

Effective identifiers for the fields are two large flag poles that indicate the availability of the space. This “flag notification system” uses three different colors to convey the following to the Kent State community:

  • Red flag - closed due to unsatisfactory weather or safety conditions
  • Yellow flag - official recreational services program or reservation on the field
  • Green flag - open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis

Soon a television in the pavilion will indicate which club or intramural team is using the field at what time.

Reservations can be made through the Department of Recreational Services.

“We invested a lot into making these really nice fields for the students, faculty and staff,” says Millsaps. “We constructed the fields. We evened out the land; we brought in experts to make sure we got really good grass on the fields. That’s why we care so much about them.”

The two fields were fertilized and aerated, so they are in top condition for the upcoming season. Whether people are kicking a soccer ball into the nets or throwing a Frisbee disc around, the land is a valuable asset to the Kent State community.

“The Student Recreation Fields will be available all summer,” says Millsaps. “This a great time for students to enjoy what our campus and recreational services has to offer.”

For more information about the Student Recreation Fields, contact Millsaps at 330-672-0465 or amillsap@kent.edu.