The Stevens Centre and Raymond Field on an early morning.
COVID-19 Updates

Athletics and Events

Event Changes and Cancellations

Most events and varsity and club sports activity have been suspended. Through Fall 2020, the University is not permitting third-party events on campus. The Athletics Complex is following a re-opening strategy that is focused on serving our students.

Although Acadia University campus and buildings are closed to the general public until further notice, exceptions include access to the:

  • Athletics Complex (appointments only)
  • Woodland Trails
  • flo EV charging station (Athletics Complex)
  • Rail Trail through the Athletics Complex parking lot
  • Tower Skateboard and Basketball Park

Exceptions are also in place for those transporting students, contractors, and service providers.

Important Updates

Athletics and Fitness

Our Athletics staff have developed new fitness and recreational programming for students that meets Nova Scotia Public Health and sport-specific guidelines and requirements. We are also offering a Sport Academy and other new fitness and wellness activities powered by the skills of our varsity staff and athletes.

  • Varsity Athletics events are suspended for the fall.
  • The University has reopened the pool to student-athletes for training purposes. Expanding access to the general public will be dependent on meeting safety requirements.
  • Only the Fitness Centre is accessible to the general student body.
  • Change rooms are not available to users.
  • Community members with existing memberships are welcome to use the Fitness Centre. If you have a facility membership that was suspended as of March 16th, we will offer an extension to your facility membership for the time missed during the closure.

Performing Arts Series

  • The Performing Arts Series is planning for 2021. We expect it will not be possible to host a fall or winter season Performing Arts Series events. Learn more about rescheduling and plans for the series to return.

The Art Gallery

  • The Acadia University Art Gallery is planning limited-access academic programming and new exhibitions for the fall as well as robust virtual programming and artists talks.

Manning Memorial Chapel

  • The chapel is closed at this time. However, the Chaplain is offering support via email and phone 902-599-2436.

Booking Events at Acadia

  • Unfortunately, due the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to confirm bookings for the use of space on campus for the public until further notice. If you have concerns about a previously booked event or are planning for a future event, please contact Destination Acadia.
Acadia Axewomen Soccer's Allie Scovil presses forward with the ball.

Athletics and Events Update

Atlantic University Sport has announced that it will not proceed with conference-sanctioned regular seasons or postseasons for the remainder of the 2020-21 season and will not host any conference championships. However, AUS will allow member-driven competition for the upcoming winter semester.

The decision means schools will be permitted to engage in competition at a level they are comfortable with, and would likely see the teams involved face opponents they are in closer proximity to geographically.

Each of the AUS’s 11 individual member universities will determine its own level of participation in accordance with the most up-to-date public health directives.

When will I be able to access the fitness centre in the Acadia Athletics Complex?

Acadia students, staff, and faculty currently have access to the fitness centre. Community members with existing memberships are welcome, by appointment only.

Indoor and outdoor walking/running tracks, public skate, the pool, and public change rooms remain unavailable.

When will I have more information on how to book an appointment to use the fitness centre?

Please visit our Recreation website for information and videos on booking appointments and using the facilities. Acadia students and employees will be emailed information directly on how to book an appointment to the fitness centre. 

Can I access other parts of the Acadia Athletics Complex besides the fitness centre?

At this stage, only the fitness centre is accessible. Student-athletes will have access to additional designated areas to train. We will gradually integrate fitness classes and other parts of the complex programming as we continue our stepped approach of opening the facility. 

Are changing rooms accessible?

The main changing rooms will be closed to all who have access to the fitness centre. We will be advising all users of the facility to come dressed to work out. Storage for street shoes will be provided. Workout shoes will be expected to be worn when in the fitness facility. Accessible washrooms cannot be used as a place to change. 

I am a community member. How can I get more information about my membership?

We are encouraging our members to remain members. We will be extending your membership appropriately at no additional expense. We value your membership and hope you will be patient as we ensure a safe environment for all our users. If you do require more information, please contact the Acadia Box Office at

When will other users be allowed to return to the pool?

If scheduling and management of students is successful, the return for other users to the pool is expected to take place in the new year.

What protocols will be in place to keep pool users safe?

The University will use the time between allowing student use, and the general reopening of the facility to review protocols related to pool use.  The array of factors to consider include access to changing facilities, appointment scheduling, the maximum number of participants etc.  Social distancing measures, mask requirements and upgraded cleaning protocols will be part of the requirements for return to use.

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