Doane's New Fitness Facility Opens to the Public

Think of it as a Christmas present you open Jan. 3, or, as a little extra help keeping that New Year's fitness resolution.

The fitness center and weight room in the new George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center on the Crete campus opened to the public January 3.

Haddix Center exteriorThe space is one of the highlights of the $13 million building that opened on the east side of campus in November. Great attention to detail in the fitness center design created a space that can accommodate both student athletes and employees and community members.

"We are excited to have a great facility for performance training and lifetime fitness.  We hope the Haddix Center becomes a hub of activity in the community and a place where community members can interact regularly with our students and staff," said Greg Heier, Doane athletic director.

The new center has the feel of a larger, urban recreation center, but its two-story glass wall allows members to enjoy Doane's wooded landscape while working out. It boasts two levels, new equipment and a modern, efficient layout.

The top level houses cardio equipment and circuit weight-training equipment, complemented by a cardio vision system. Its lower level includes a strength and conditioning area, focusing on free weights and functional training equipment to enhance athletic performance.

Community members can either pay an annual membership fee to use the new center or pay on a daily basis. (Community passes cost $180 annually for individuals and $300 per year for families. A family membership covers the community member, a spouse or partner, and dependents living in the member's home who are at least 16 years of age.) Daily pass members pay a $5 daily pass fee.

Becoming a member requires a completed application form and a quick stop at Doane's Business Office. Beginning Jan. 3, application forms are available at the Haddix Center service counter, the Business Office in the Padour-Walker Administration Building or online at The fee is payable to Doane College and can be made in the Business Office during working hours, beginning Jan. 3. The Safety Office will then issue I.D.'s. (A Daily Pass is also obtained in the Business Office.)

During the academic year the new center is open seven days a week: Monday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays from 2-10 p.m.

Locker space is available, but will not be accessible during home volleyball and basketball games.

The Haddix Center fitness area replaces the Dutcher Weight room and Butler Fitness areas, which closed with the opening of the new center.

Opening the Haddix Center to the public fulfills one of the visions for the new building - that it would be a welcome addition to not only the Doane community, but area communities.

More details on the new center and other recreational opportunities at Doane are available in the Frequently Asked Question section below. For more information, contact the Doane Athletic Office at: 402.826.6717.


Q: Will the center be open when the college is closed?

Recreational facilities are closed during all official Doane College Holidays as well as for the period when the college is closed between the Christmas and New Year's Holidays. Special hours will be posted for periods during the academic year when class is not in regular session.

 Q: Is locker space available?

Locker space is available to authorized users, who should bring their own locks and secure all valuables.  Locks must be removed daily. Locker space will be closed during volleyball and basketball contests as these spaces also serve as locker rooms for Doane's visiting teams.  

Q: Do I need to bring anything to work out?

Bring your own headphones for the cardio vision system, a lock for your locker, and towels or other personal items you wish to bring.

Q: How do I obtain a membership?

To enjoy the recreational facilities, community members should complete an application, obtain a community member I.D., and pay the applicable fee. The application is available at the service counter in the Haddix Center, at the Business Office beginning Jan. 3, or online at  The fee is payable to Doane College and should be paid in the business office. Cost per year is $180 for individuals and $300 per year for families.  A family membership covers the community member, a spouse or partner, and dependents living in the member's home who are at least 16 years of age.  During the first year of membership only, the fee is prorated based on the number of months remaining in the calendar year.  After the first year of membership, the fee is payable in January of each year and the fee will not be prorated if purchased later in the year.   

Daily Pass and Guest Pass Members: 

Daily Pass and Guest Pass Members may access the facility with a paper pass issued in the Business office. Daily Pass and Guest Pass Members will present the pass and leave their driver's license or other I.D. with Haddix service desk personnel, who will issue a temporary pass card. (The driver's license or other I.D. will be returned to the members when they return the temporary pass card.)

Q: Is the new Haddix Center gym available for non-college use?

The Haddix Center Competition Gym is primarily for intercollegiate sports competition and practice.  It may also serve as a venue for large public events and other college/athletic events.  Authorized use of the Haddix Center Gymnasium must be coordinated through the Athletic Director and the Doane College Business Office.  Recreational space for court sports is available in Fuhrer Field House. All organized usage of fitness facilities also must be coordinated through the athletic director and the Doane College Business Office. 

Facility Reservations:

Users interested in reserving campus buildings, rooms, gyms, or other facilities should contact Dawn Parks at 402.826.8226 during regular business hours.  

Q: What other recreational facilities at Doane are open to the public?

1.) The Haddix Center Tennis Complex (Opening Spring of 2011): Authorized users may use the tennis courts at times that do not interfere with intercollegiate tennis practice or competition. The tennis complex is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

 2.) Fuhrer Field House:  Fuhrer Field House offers an indoor track and basketball courts.  The indoor track is available to walkers and joggers during open hours (roughly 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday) except when the field house is being used for intercollegiate sport practice.  The basketball facilities are available for community use at noon during weekdays and to authorized users during specified hours during the academic year for recreational purposes. Available times vary with practice schedules for various sports.

3.) Lauritsen Track:  Lauritsen Track located at Simon Field is available to walkers and joggers 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday, weather permitting.

Q: Do open hours change during the summer?

Yes, hours are modified during the summer months:

Haddix Center

Monday through Friday: 6 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday: closed

Haddix Center Tennis Complex:

6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday (Opening Spring of 2011).

Lauritsen Track:

6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Fuhrer Fieldhouse:

6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, closed weekends

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