The National Collegiate Athletics Association is the primary association which governs and controls intercollegiate athletics on the national level. UAF is a multidivisional member of the NCAA with 10 teams competing at the Division I and Division II levels, including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country running, men's and women's Nordic skiing, men's and women's rifle, women's volleyball, women's swimming and men's ice hockey. For intercollegiate athletics information, call 907-474-7205 or visit

UAF has conference affiliations with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Central Collegiate Hockey Association, Central Collegiate Ski Association and Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference. The 10-time NCAA Champion Nanook rifle team competes as an independent.

The Ernest N. Patty Center, completed in 1963, houses a 1,792-seat gymnasium, a 25-yard swimming pool, courts for handball, squash and racquetball, a weight room, a rifle range, classrooms, offices and locker rooms with saunas. The Patty Center is home to the university's NCAA varsity teams as well as the university's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program. In 1979, the 1,300-seat Patty Ice Arena was built to the west of the Patty Center. The Nanook men's hockey team practices at the Patty Ice Arena and also practices and competes off campus at the 4,595-seat Carlson Center.

Campus Recreation

Recreational opportunities at UAF are organized by the Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness. Activities are housed primarily in the Student Recreation Center, the Patty Ice Arena and the Patty Center. For information on hours, recreational activities or intramurals, call 907-474-5886 or visit

The SRC offers a wide variety of structured and unstructured recreational activities. The SRC provides a weight room and a large gym floor that can be divided into courts for volleyball, tennis, badminton, soccer and basketball. A two-story indoor climbing wall, an eight-lap-per-mile running track, aerobics/dance floor and cardiovascular machines provide many options for a well-rounded workout. Eligible students have access to SRC facilities when your fees are paid -- just remember to bring your workout shoes as street shoes are not allowed on the courts or floors.

Intramural leagues and competitions, aerobic workouts and fitness and recreation instruction give students many opportunities to stay fit, learn lifetime skills and use the skills they already have. DRAW staff members develop and support sports clubs in response to student interests and the resources available.

Outdoor fields for soccer and Ultimate Frisbee, an outdoor climbing wall -- which in winter is converted into an ice climbing wall -- and a disc golf course are next to the SRC, and the campus has many miles of cross-country trails for running, walking and skiing, including a lighted ski trail. In addition, recreational skating, recreational hockey, intramural broomball and intramural hockey take place at the Patty Ice Arena, also next to the SRC.

Explore Alaska's wild frontier by joining an Outdoor Adventures excursion. OA organizes a variety of outings such as hikes, white-water raft trips and rock climbing excursions. OA also offers courses such as ice climbing, sea kayaking and wilderness leadership, and rents equipment including backpacks, canoes, cross-country skis and much more. Visit the Outdoor Adventures office in the Wood Center or online at for more information.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to participate in campus recreation programs. Anyone confronted with any barrier to participation is urged to contact the SRC office.

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