Patty Center re-opens for UAF student-athletes

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 8:11 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - After a long summer, the Patty Center on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus opened this week, welcoming back student-athletes. Men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball were able to take the courts in preparation for the upcoming seasons.

“It breathes life back into here, said UAF Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Events Kayne Gutierrez. “Whenever you work in athletics, whether you are an administrator or coach, athletic trainer or whatever you do, you do it because you want to be around the students.

"They keep you young and help just remind of the good things in life sometimes but also it’s the job. You do worry about them as individuals and you want to make sure that you get to lay eyes on them and make sure they’re happy and healthy as can be.” he added.

The Patty Center within the UAF Athletic Department had been closed for many months due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This week, according to Gutierrez, the home for the Alaska Nanooks opened following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the off-season, sports like cross country and volleyball lost their seasons after the National Collegiate Athletic Association suspended the seasons due to concerns over the coronavirus.

UAF now awaits the decisions being made by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for volleyball and basketball seasons. Majority of the talks from the GNAC point to seasons starting in January.

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