UREC updates: Cornhole and Intramurals

On Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at 2 p.m., the Kress Events Center is hosting a cornhole tournament. This is a free event, and all participants will receive a free t-shirt.

Block 2 Indoor Intramurals is now open as well! To kick off block 2, there will be a pre-season basketball tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to win Under Armor Shorts.

Register for all events on IMLeagues or the UREC@UW-Green Bay app.

For questions, please email urecintramurals@uwgb.edu.

Introducing…. UREC

Starting this academic year, University Recreation (UREC for short) is the campus destination for intramurals, fitness, outdoor recreation and the many related programs/events. For clarification, the Kress Events Center is the name of the building that holds most of these UREC programs while also supporting athleticUREC-rgbs. The name of the building will not change, rather UREC is added to help current and future students understand where their recreation needs can be met. See a related video and photo gallery on the new Outdoor Recreation Program organized under the UREC umbrella.

First ever ‘extramurals’ tournament headed to the Kress Center

Twenty-three teams representing 14 different colleges and universities from across Wisconsin will compete in the WIRSA (Wisconsin Intramural Recreation Sport Association) Basketball Tournament, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20 at the Kress Events Center, UW-Green Bay. It’s the sixth year for the growing tournament and the first time UW-Green Bay has hosted a state extramural event of any kind. This will also be the first time UWGB will be represented in the tournament with a women’s team. Sixteen men’s and seven women’s teams have entered. Games will be played in the Kress Center (arena) and the East and West Gyms of the Kress Events Center. All teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games.

Pool play begins at 6 p.m. on Friday evening and concludes Saturday morning. Elimination play will begin early Saturday afternoon and conclude with the men’s and women’s championship games scheduled to begin simultaneously at 6 p.m. Saturday evening. Eighteen student officials from various intramural programs across the state well officiate the games. The Kress’ student staff will provide assistance with the event operations, score keeping, hospitality and other duties. Congratulations to Casey Pivonka, Kress recreation program coordinator, and his student staff in their coordination of this event. This event is free and open to the public. For more, see the WIRSA State Basketball Tournament site.


Student use of Kress fitness facilities on the rise

As the Kress Events Center marks a half dozen years of operation as a venue and campus fitness facility, it continues to make good on one of its initial promises: to boost participation by UW-Green Bay students in health, fitness and recreation activities.

New statistics show the Kress welcomed an all-time high of 128,210 member visits during the 2012-13 school year. In the busiest weeks of the fall semester, usage approaches 4,000 visits weekly on a campus of approximately 6,600 students.

Those numbers, of course, pertain only to health and fitness usage and do not reflect annual attendance numbering in the tens of thousands for Phoenix women’s basketball and volleyball, UW-Green Bay and local high school commencements, and other special events.

They do, however, show the results of additional fitness classes and intramural recreation offerings, and increased student use of the expanded weight room, cardio and running track area, which includes a climbing wall (photo).

Jeff Krueger, director of operations for the Kress, says the former Phoenix Sports Center totaled about 60,000 member visits in the year before expansion was completed. The count shot up to 105,899 with the first year of the new and expanded facility in 2007-08.

Group exercise classes are popular, in-demand offerings. Choices run the gamut from aqua aerobics in the Dorschel Natatorium pool to hip hop, kickboxing and ab workouts, and pilates, yoga, high-energy zumba and more.

“Typically during the academic semester we offer over forty group exercise classes per week,” Krueger says. “This current semester we offer forty-eight classes per week.”

Last year, the array of offerings combined to account for 9,000 “participations.”

Growth in intramural participation has been another factor. The 2012-13 totals show 3,632 students on the rosters of 584 different teams — many individuals compete in multiple sports as the seasons progress — and those record numbers are roughly double those of the last pre-Kress year (1,858 on 203 teams, in 2006-07).

The lengthy list of intramural sports during the current academic year illustrates the growth:

  • Ultimate Frisbee, indoor/outdoor
  • Soccer, indoor/outdoor
  • Futsal
  • Broomball
  • Flag Football, indoor/outdoor/men’s/co-rec
  • Softball
  • Basketball, men’s/women’s/co-rec/3v3 tournaments
  • Volleyball, 4v4/6v6/sand/indoor
  • Wallyball
  • Trenchball
  • Badminton, singles/doubles
  • Tennis, singles/doubles
  • Golf, league and scramble tournaments
  • Racquetball
  • Yard Games, bag toss/washers/bocce ball
  • Pickleball
  • Kickball
  • Disc Golf, tournament
  • Capture the Flag, tournament
  • Fantasy Football
  • March Madness Challenge

The list of noteworthy and well-attended events that have taken place in the 4,000-seat events center over the last six years is also lengthy. Among the events:

  • Dedication Dinner on the Carol’s Court basketball floor, Oct. 2007
  • Grand Opening Concert featuring Switchfoot, Relient K, Ruth, Nov. 2007
  • Six consecutive Horizon League Women’s Basketball Tournaments
  • UW-Green Bay Freshman Welcome, annually
  • UW-Green Bay Spring Commencement, annually
  • Southwest, West, East high school graduations, since 2008
  • Barack Obama presidential campaign appearance, 2008
  • Shawano Sundrop Shoothout holiday basketball tourneys, since 2009
  • WIAA girls and boys basketball tournaments
  • 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion sendoff (2011), homecoming (2012)

The center has also hosted the annual Jingle Bell Run fundraiser, National History Day Competition involving local schoolchildren, the WPS Solar Olympics, Special Olympics events, the UW-Green Bay Pow-Wow, local swim and gymnastics meets, and various private and corporate gatherings  including the Camera Corner/Connecting Point annual meeting.

The website Best Value Schools recently listed UW-Green Bay’s Kress Events Center among the nation’s “20 Most Impressive College Gyms and Student Rec Centers,” rating those completed within the last decade.

The facility is also in the news this week, locally, with the announcement that the Kress is the venue selected to host a concert by super-famous pop star Ke$ha next April 13. The date was booked by UW-Green Bay’s Good Times Programming student organization.


Intramural championships in Kress spotlight tonight

The Spring Intramural Championship Night will be held tonight (Thursday, March 25) at the Kress Events Center, with five championships taking place on the Kress Center floor, and two championship sports occurring in the Turf Gym. Phlash TV and WGBX will be covering intramural championship night and will be streaming the video live on the Horizon League Network.

Estimated start times for the Championships:

B League Volleyball at 6:00 p.m. – Kress Center

A League Volleyball at 6:45 p.m. – Kress Center

Women’s  Basketball at 7:30 p.m. – Kress Center

Men’s B League Basketball at 8:15 p.m. – Kress Center

Men’s A League Basketball at 9:00 p.m. – Kress Center

Indoor Soccer at 7:15 p.m. – Turf Gym

Indoor Ultimate Frisbee at 8:15 p.m. – Turf Gym

Intramural students get shot at Kress Center stardom, Tuesday night

The Kress Events Center will be hosting its 5th intramural championship night on the main floor of the 4,000-seat events center on Tuesday night (Dec. 8). It’s a big deal, with the lights on, the music playing and everything pretty much like a full-fledged Division I extravaganza, to give recreational athletes a chance to enjoy a big-time setting. Channel 20 student television will be producing the game, and the radio will be doing a live broadcast with sideline reporters and play-by-play.

Starting at 6 p.m., there will be five championship games played in succession. Faculty and staff are invited to pop in and enjoy the action:

•  Co-rec Volleyball B league

•  Co-rec Volleyball A league

•  Women’s Basketball

•  Men’s B league Basketball

•  Men’s A league Basketball

Campus master plan adds athletics and intramural field improvements

On Wednesday (April 29) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Special Events Room at the Kress Events Center, there will be an open forum offering a view of the final piece of the campus master plan. The plan involves exterior athletic and intramural field improvements. There will be a small presentation at 11 a.m. by the Rettler Corporation.