We are located next to the Campus Cafe dining area! We are your games and recreation center which includes free access to billiards, shuffleboard, foosball, table tennis, Xbox One, board games, and more—free for all Valpo students, faculty, staff, and guests. We host weekly events on the Cafe Stage from Talent Tuesdays to Trivia Thursdays, Friday Tournaments, and Nights at the Rack every Friday and Saturday!
We are also the home of Valpo Adventures, where you can rent everything from sleeping bags and tents to lawn games and sleds. Catch your favorite program on one of our TVs or just hang out with friends.
The Rack is always evolving— tell the Rack Staff how we can improve your games and recreation experience! Check out our “Suggestion Box” survey to let us know what new games or events you’d like to see, what we’re missing, or what we can do better.
Games and Recreation Rental Equipment
The Rack has a moderate selection of recreational equipment available to the VU community for reasonable rental fees.
Before you rent any equipment we require you to fill out this one-time Reservation and Rental Contract.
Games Room Equipment |
Quantity Available |
Per Night Rental Fee
|Foosball||5||Free with student ID|
|Pool/Billiards Equipment (cues, chalk, balls)||4 tables, for 4 players||Free with student ID|
|Table Tennis/Ping Pong (paddles, ball)||2 tables, for 4 players||Free with student ID|
|Shuffleboard||1, for 2-4 players||Free with student ID|
|Xbox One (with various games)||1, for 4 players||Free with student ID|
|Board Games||Varies||Free with student ID|
|Giant Jenga||1 set||Free with student ID|
|Basketball||7||Free with student ID|
|Football||2||Free with student ID|
|Soccer Ball||3||Free with student ID|
|Volleyball||3||Free with student ID|
|Frisbee||2||Free with student ID|
|Tennis Set (racquets, balls)||For 9 players||Free with student ID|
|Badminton Set (net, 4 racquets, 2 shuttles)||1, for 4 players||Free with student ID|
|Racquetball Set||For 8 players||Free with student ID|
|Softball Set (ball, bat, bases)||1||Free with student ID|
|Ladder Golf Set (2 ladders, 4 balls)||3||Free with student ID|
|Cornhole/Bags Set (6 bags, 2 boards)||3||Free with student ID|
|Bocce Ball Set||1||Free with student ID|
|Kubb||1||Free with student ID|
|Croquet Set (up to 6 players)||1||Free with student ID|
|Air Mattress (Twin)||8||$10.00|
|Water Cooler (5 Gallon)||1||$3.00|
|Sled||3||Free with student ID|
|Hula Hoop||2||Free with student ID|
Equipment Rental Policy
All payments must be made in full, in cash, at the time of rental. The listed rental price is for one night only. Therefore, if renters would like to rent the equipment for more than one night, they should pay the listed price times the number of nights (Example: If a customer requires an event tent for two nights, they will pay $50.00 at the time of rental).
We require that all equipment be returned in the same condition in which it was rented. Cleaning is the renter’s responsibility. The renter will be charged for items that require cleaning upon return.
If customers fail to return equipment by the time specified by the desk attendant, they will accrue a daily late fee of $10 plus the nightly rental price for each day overdue.
Broken Equipment Policy
When customers hand their ID to the desk attendant, they enter an agreement to pay for damages done to the equipment they use. Desk attendants are trained to check the equipment before renting it away, meaning renting customers assume responsibility for damages once the item is in their possession.
The Rack requires customers who damage or break equipment to pay a fee for its replacement. After breaking equipment, customers must pay the desk attendant on duty the proper fee, in cash. If it is impossible for the customer to pay immediately, the Rack Staff will accept the payment within one month or before the end of the semester, whichever deadline comes first. However, if a customer fails to pay within this allotted window, they will incur a $0.25 fee for each additional week they fail to pay their fee.
Customers who excessively break equipment will incur additional penalty fees. Excessive breakage is defined as three (3) or more instances of broken equipment. After the third instance, the customer is required to pay their fee in person or face a double fee for every broken equipment charge thereafter.
Additionally, if a customer has broken equipment three (3) or more times and failed to pay their fees, they will not be allowed to utilize equipment in The Rack until they have paid their outstanding fees. Customers curious about broken equipment fees should refer to the list below:
Games Room Equipment |
|Board Games||Varies (see desk attendant)|
|Pool/Billiards Set (cues, chalk, balls)||Cue: $15.00-35.00||Balls: $20.00-40.00|
|Pool Ball Tray||$5|
|Ping Pong ball||$0.50|
|Ping Pong paddle||$10|
|Badminton Set (net, racquets, shuttles)||Raquet: $8.00-20.00||Net: $10.00-30.00||Shuttles: $8.00-15.00|
|Racquetball Set (racquets, ball)||Raquet: $8.00-20.00||Ball: $3.00-10.00|
|Softball Set (bats, bases, ball)||Bat: $15.00-30.00||Ball: $6.00-$10.00|
|Tennis Set (racquets, ball)||Raquet:$15.00-30.00||Ball: $7.00-$10.00|
|Bocce Ball Set||$30.00-60.00|
|Cornhole Set (2 board, 6 bags)||$30.00-60.00|
|Croquet Set (6-player)||$25.00-60.00|
|Ladder Golf Set (2 ladders, 4 balls)||$20.00-50.00|
|Water Cooler (5-gallon)||$25.00-35.00|
|Event Tent (10′ x 10′)||$60.00-100.00|
*All prices subject to change. Please see desk attendant for details.
The Rack Staff has partnered with Dining Services to offer a new The Stage is Yours series. Each week, guests of the Cafe can enjoy special meal deals in addition to events hosted by the Rack Staff and campus organizations. Every Talent Tuesday and Trivia Thursday brings new fun to the Cafe Stage, like Just Dance, karaoke, Name that Song, and more!
Does your organization want to host an event on the Cafe Stage? Do you want to show off your talent? Join us for the The Stage is Yours series where you or your organization can take the Cafe Stage for the night! Be sure to submit your request for a night early as the schedule can fill up quickly!
Join us in The Rack every Friday at 8 P.M. for a tournament! Every week we will have a different tournament – anything from pool, table tennis, foosball, shuffleboard, board games, Xbox games, and so much more. RSVP here or arrive early to secure your spot in the race for a monthly prize!
Did you know that, like the Cafe events, your campus organization can also host a tournament? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
Stop by The Rack to see our full tournament schedule!
Every Friday and Saturday, join us in The Rack from 9 p.m. to close for music, disco lights, popcorn, and games!
The event is yours! Enjoy popcorn and control our music any time with Rockbot, a new music streaming service in The Rack and the Harre Union. Download the app on Google Play or the App Store, create an account, check in to “Valparaiso University – Games Room,” and start requesting!
Don’t see what you like? Let the Rack Staff know how we can improve in our “Suggestion Box!”
Want to get out & explore? We have the equipment you need to rent for a day hike in the Indiana Dunes, a camping trip at Turkey Run State Park, or you can join us for one of our planned outings. Stay tuned for our schedule of events!
Unfortunately, The Rack will no longer offer mountain bikes. Those interested in renting a bike may consider the campus bike-share program, Valpo Velocity, through Zagster.
The Rack—Hours of Operation
Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. (midnight)
Friday 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. (noon) – 1 a.m.
If you have questions or concerns, or if you would like to reserve equipment or The Rack for an event, please contact us at the email below. General suggestions should be directed to our “Suggestion Box” survey linked below.
Programs Lead/ Rack Staff Supervisor
“Suggestion Box” Survey
Want to see some new games in The Rack? Have an idea for a new event, or a suggestion on how our current events can improve? Let the Rack Staff know your thoughts in our “Suggestion Box!”
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