“I got so much out of this experience and loved the opportunity to network, tour other facilities and share ideas with peer institutions,” says Bill Singleton, Assistant Director of Facilities & Aquatics at Oakland University. Ian Dunbar, Facilities and Operations Coordinator – Nebraska Unions at the University of Nebraska adds, “It’s a great and fun experience to learn and talk with facility-focused professionals on best practices and lessons learned, to see different recreation facilities, and learn more about what goes into the design process when making a new facility or renovation.” Bill and Ian shared those reflections shortly after attending the last NIRSA Facilities Institute in 2019.

Great as the 2019 event was, we’re excited to think that 2021 stands to be even more beneficial for NIRSA members! That’s because this year’s NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute, presented by Mondo is happening in partnership with the 2021 AB Show. Return to in-person learning and networking with your colleagues from across the continent, October 27-30, in San Antonio.

Why attend?

More than 125 educational sessions will bring solutions from industry leaders who offer a diverse scope of knowledge and expertise. In addition to the top-notch educational sessions focused on facility design, construction, management, and operations, facility tours are included for some of San Antonio’s top recreational facilities. Attendees will also have access to 250+ exhibiting companies at the two-day, 160,000+ sq. ft. expo.

“The expo was huge and filled with innovations that I didn’t even know existed. It was great to be able to learn about the latest trends in the seminars and then head into the expo hall to meet with the people who can help you meet those needs,” attests past AB Show attendee Taylor Kent of St. Ambrose University. This is a great opportunity to make valuable connections to help you and your university community thrive in 2022.

See what other previous AB Show attendees have to say about the event and the value they find in attending.

Early bird discounts end soon

Register by June 14 and save $176 on a single full-conference registration. Whether you’re looking for connections to help outfit your new facility, to learn from industry experts or to connect with peers who are going through similar experiences as you, you can count on AB Show to provide the opportunity to cultivate them. So, what are you waiting for? Register today!

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Health and safety

The NIRSA Recreation Facilities Institute and the AB Show are committed to the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, speakers, partners and staff. This event will follow all federal, state, and city of San Antonio health and safety guidelines. By registering and attending AB Show, attendees agree to follow all health and safety requirements of AB Show and the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center while on the premises and at the event.


  • For more information, contact NIRSA Assistant Director of Professional Development, Brittany Rejda .