IPFW Athletics Center

Athletics Center Policies

Membership Passes

  • Purdue University and Indiana University Fort Wayne faculty, staff, student spouse, other college student, IPFW alumni memberships can be purchased at the Athletics Center Customer Service Desk at 260-481-6655.
  • Community passes 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 18 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 Mastodon card every time you use the Athletics Center.
  • Check your card at the Customer Service Desk or Weight Room Check-In Desk while you use the facility and remember to pick it up when you leave.
  • ID cards can be printed at the Walb Union Information Desk.


  • A Sports Center patron may buy a pass for, or sponsor, a guest at the cost of $5 per individual per day.
  • The sponsor 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.
  • Small hallway lockers can be rented for $30 for the academic year or $10 for fall, spring and summer session each.
  • 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.
  • All locks left on unrented lockers will be cut off and the contents will be kept at the Customer Service Desk. 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.