1890 Tanana Loop
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 I men’s hockey, Division II men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country running and skiing, and rifle, and Division II women’s volleyball and swimming. 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.