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, Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Central Collegiate Ski Association and Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference. The 10-time NCAA Champion Alaska Nanooks 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 varsity weight room, a rifle range, a classroom, offices and locker rooms with saunas. The Patty Center is home to the university's Alaska Nanooks 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 Alaska Nanooks men's hockey team practices at the Patty Ice Arena and also practices and competes off campus at the 4,595-seat Carlson Center.