USC Rec Sports outdoor facilities reopen

Cromwell Track and Field, Brittingham Field and Uytengsu Aquatic Center will be accessible again to “support the wellness of the USC Campus Community.”

USC Recreational Sports announced Feb. 26 that on-campus facilities will open to students. The facilities include Cromwell Track and Field, outdoor tennis courts, Brittingham Field and Uytengsu Aquatic Center.

“I’m pretty excited for things like that to start opening up because it will be nice to have some small feeling of normalcy return to college life,” said junior business administration major Mason Liebman. “It’s a sign of better things to come, and it’s definitely reassuring.”

As of right now, the school is planning on opening Cromwell Track and Field from 5 p.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. The outdoor tennis courts will be available from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. daily. Both facilities will be open for reservations starting Feb. 26.

The Brittingham Field will open March 8, and be available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, the Uytengsu Aquatic Center will be available starting March 17, Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.

These announcements come on the same day Orange County allowed for youth outdoor sporting activities ranging from low-contact sports to high-contact ones, per the California Department of Public Health Guidelines.

“With the support of the university and L.A. County we are excited to announce that after many long hours of work by our Student Affairs Operations Team, Facility Management Services and our other campus partners, we are prepared to open some of our outdoor spaces to support the wellness of the USC Campus Community,” wrote the USC Rec Sports Team in the announcement. “These facilities will offer socially distanced activity options, please review the COVID-19 policies and procedures for each facility to ensure that we maintain our commitment to keeping our community safe.”

“Now that Cromwell is open, I can’t wait to get back out there and start running at one of my favorite spots on campus,” said Kaitlyn Martin, an off-campus senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention. “It’s a safe place to work out in our neighborhood, and it’ll be great to get a taste of normal campus life again.”

According to Rec Sports, students must review the COVID-19 Facility Policies along with Trojan Check guidelines and reservation instructions before reserving a time slot.

These reopenings come after USC announced in an email that they are working hard with the county to get students back on campus in a safe manner. President Folt mentioned that in order for a safe return, the university will enact safety measures such as testing twice a week for undergraduate students. This is a sign of hope for many students that are hoping for an in-person fall semester.