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Athletic facilities do not have a direct correlation with the quantity of students on a campus. The amount of space, type of facilities, and number of fields are all dependent on the number and type of sports programs supported by the university. These needs are usually above and beyond those for recreation, physical education, and intramural activities.

Facilities needs for the University of Northern Colorado are planned in accordance to peer institutions and the University's ability to provide adequate facilities to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association sports program. Student athletes, coaches, and their programs are extremely facility dependent. Inadequate facilities become unsafe, and/or can not support successful programs. Students attend schools with the best facilities. Because of this, the University continually evaluates its standing amongst its peer institutions.

03 March, 2003 Description Current Phase I Phase II 15-20K Measurement/Comments
  Football Practice Field          
  Baseball Fields          
  Softball Fields          
  Tennis Courts (All Types) 10        
  Basketball Courts          
  Outdoor Track 2        
  Golf Practice          
  Outdoor Swimming Pools None        

Intramurals and Recreation

The recreational facilities table identifies the number of outdoor recreational facilities needed for each enrollment phase. The calculation is based on a ratio of student FTEs per facility. The ratios were derived from Urban Land Use Planning, 1979, by Stuart Chapin & Edward Kaiser. Applying each ratio to the FTE enrollment for each phase produced the needed number of recreational facilities.


03 March, 2003 Description Current Phase I Phase II 15-20K Measurement/Comments
  Recreational Fields (Football,Soccer, Rugby, Lacrosse)          
  Baseball Fields          
  Softball Fields          
  Golf Practice          
  Field Hockey          
  Rifle/Pistol Range          
  Frisbee Golf          
  Outdoor Swimming Pools None        
  Lakes, Passive Water          
  Lawn Sports          


This parking table indicates the number of parking spaces needed to support both students and staff for each enrollment phase. Several ratios for spaces to population segment were created based on existing demographics. Ratios are specific to a population segment; faculty/staff, on-campus single students (residence halls), commuting students, and on-campus students with family (family housing). The remaining ratios (ie, visitor, handicap, motorcycles, loading, etc.) were based on the total population.

Using the established ratios the number of parking spaces were calculated for each enrollment phase. It is important to note that the ratios are based on little impact from the community's mass transit system or alternative modes of transportation. As these programs provide additional opportunities, the ratios will be adjusted accordingly.

As the campus grows to 20,000 FTE it is assumed technology will only require the equivalent of 15,000 FTE at any given point in time (or æ of the campus enrollment) to attend class on the campus proper. An additional 5% parking was projected to satisfy the 25% load above the 15,000. Due to the hybrid of course loads and campus content, it was assumed the additional 5% will satisfy the parking needs for the additional transportation requirements for off-campus students.


03 March, 2003 Description Current Phase I Phase II 15-20K Measurement/Comments
  Faculty/Staff 733.0 916.3 1,099.5 1,154.5  
  Students 4,150.0 5,187.5 6,225.0 6,536.3  
  Meter 110.0 137.5 165.0 173.3  
  Handicap 102.0 127.5 153.0 160.7  
  Service 48.0 60.0 72.0 75.6  
  Motorcycle 74.0 92.5 111.0 116.6  
  State/Loading 113.0 141.3 169.5 178.0  
  TOTAL 5,330.0 6,662.5 7,995.0 8,394.8