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Helen Newman Hall

Helen Newman Hall

Helen Newman Hall was built in 1963 to house Women’s Physical Education. It has since transformed into one of the primary Recreation Centers on Campus for the entire Cornell Community. Helen Newman Hall features a Pool, two-full sized Courts for Basketball/Volleyball/Badminton, a classroom and a dance studio where many Group Fitness classesPhysical Education classes, and club practices are held, a 16-lane Bowling Center and a Fitness Center. Helen Newman is also the home to the majority of the Recreational Services Administration Offices.

Some recreational opportunities require a membership.

Summer Building Hours 

On Thursday, June 27, the Helen Newman Courts will be closed at 6:45pm for an event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Summer 2024WeekdaysWeekends
Helen Newman Hall6am - 8pm10am - 5pm

*Helen Newman Hall will be closed in recognition of Juneteenth on Wednesday, June 19 

Informal Recreation Court Hours

Informal Recreation refers to the open availability of Basketball, Badminton, or Volleyball in the Helen Newman Courts to the Cornell Community. Please review the priority schedules below as the Courts can be reserved for Physical Education courses, Group Fitness classes, and Intramural Sports. Participants cannot reserve the Courts and must follow all Informal Recreation policies.

Summer 2024 Court 1Basketball
Mon6am - 7:30pm
Tue6am - 7:30pm 
Wed6am - 7:30pm
Thu6am - 7:30pm
Fri6am - 7:30pm
Sat10am - 4:30pm
Sun10am - 4:30pm
Summer 2024 Court 2BadmintonVolleyball
Mon---6am - 7:30pm
Tue6am - 7:30pm---
Wed---6am - 7:30pm
Thu6am - 7:30pm---
Fri6am - 7:30pm if the day of the week is odd6am - 7:30pm if the day of the week is even
Sat10am - 4:30pm---
Sun---10am - 4:30pm
There are rare instances when Court 1 & 2 can be unavailable without advance prior notice should there be a need to relocate any Cornell Physical Education Class or Recreation Services Program.

Courts unavailable when outdoor courts & fields are in poor condition:

Court 1 & 2Spring PE Backup Location
Mon1pm - 5pm
Tues10:30am - 2pm
Wed10am - 5pm
Thu10am - 2:30pm
Fri1pm - 5pm
Sun10am - 12pm

Helen Newman Equipment Issue Room

The Helen Newman Issue Room is located directly in front of the entrance to the building from the ground floor. An Issue Room employee is always present in the building during operating hours. If they're not available at the Issue Room during your arrival, please wait for their return. At the Issue Room, you can request general information or checkout equipment to use until the end of the day. Some affiliation or time restrictions may apply. Equipment Checkout & Rentals


163 Cradit Farm Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850