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Patty Center

1890 Tanana Loop

Patty Center

Photo by JR Ancheta, UAF University Relations

The Ernest N. Patty Building, known as the Patty Center, was dedicated in 1963. It houses the 2,700-seat Alaska Airlines Court for basketball and volleyball, a 25-yard swimming pool, courts for handball and racquetball, weight rooms, a rifle range, classrooms, locker rooms with saunas and a human performance laboratory.  It is home to the university's Reserve Officers' Training Corps program as well as UAF’s NCAA varsity teams, which include Division II men’s and women’s basketball, cross country running, cross country skiing, men's and women's rifle, women’s volleyball, women’s swimming and Division I men’s hockey. In 1979, a 1,300-seat ice arena was added on the west side of the center.

The center is named after Ernest Newton Patty, who joined the first faculty of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines as professor of geology and mining in 1922. Patty served as president of the university from 1953 – 1960.

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