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


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 closed the pool for the duration of the fall term.
  • Only the Fitness Centre is accessible to the general student body.
  • Change rooms are not available to users.
  • Access for community members will be considered after a safe re-opening for our students and employees.
  • 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 once our Box Office reopens on September 8.

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

Acadia Athletics is proud to offer an opportunity to engage students in sport, recreation, and fitness during a COVID-19 altered setting on the Acadia campus for the 2020/21 school year. While sport, recreation, and fitness activities including varsity, club sports and intramurals will not operate in the manner they normally do, modified variations of program delivery will be offered. All sport, recreation, and fitness opportunities offered to campus will meet Acadia’s Return to Campus plan, Nova Scotia’s Return to Sport guidelines, and the N.S. government approved plans offered by various provincial sport, recreation, and fitness organizations.

When will I be able to access the fitness centre in the Acadia Athletics Complex?
  • Acadia Staff and Faculty – September 8, 2020 
  • Acadia Students – September 21, 2020 
  • Community Members – To be determined by the fall
When will I have more information on how to book an appointment to use the fitness centre?

We will be posting information in the coming weeks on how to book an appointment online or by phone. You will see information on social media and on our recreation and athletics websites. 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 to faculty, staff and students. 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. 

Why are staff and faculty members allowed access the facility before Acadia students?

We have been working diligently to ensure our opening meets the standards of the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Acadia University’s guidelines. Having a five-step process enables us to adjust our procedures and ensure we provide a smooth operation for Acadia students. Students will be able to access the facility following their quarantine period.  

Why are community members last to access the Athletics Complex – Fitness Centre?

Acadia University’s guideline and protocols are based on ensuring our campus is accessible in a safe manner to Acadia students. Our students are a priority in integrating them into campus life.  


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 it re-opens on September 8.

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