Kinney Natatorium, which opened in October 2002, houses the swimming and diving and men's and women's water polo programs for Bucknell. The multi-purpose facility is a state-of-the-art venue that features a 50-meter by 25-yard Olympic class pool and also enhances the recreational aquatics opportunities for the Bucknell communities. The pool itself features two moveable bulkheads, allowing for multiple team practices and recreational swimming to occur simultaneously.

Natatorium amenities include seating for 500 spectators, restrooms, separated varsity and visiting team locker rooms, a poolside classroom, sauna, steam room and concession stands.

Already Kinney Natatorium has played host to several major events, most notably the 2005 NCAA Men's Water Polo Championshp. Every other year the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships are contested in Kinney, and it has also played host to a number of Eastern water polo championships and an exhibition game against the U.S. women's water polo national team. Kinney Natatorium also became the home of the PIAA Swimming Championships starting in 2005.

Logistical Information

Pool Size

  • 25 yards x 50 meters
  • 2 movable bulkheads
  • 22 lanes x 25 yards (width-wise)
  • 8 lanes x 25 yards, 25 meters, or 50 meters (length-wise)
  • Pool can also be set up for water polo with 25 meters for women and 30 meters for men. All deck markings, lane lines, and goals are provided.

Approximately 90 foot candles of light 3 feet from the surface of the water.

Sound System
Two cordless microphones, a compact disc player, and a cassette deck are available for use and all are wired into the central sound system for the entire pool area.


  • The scoreboard is a Mercury-16 built by Colorado Timing, full LED matrix board, dimensions are 240" wide by 132" tall.
  • Templates for dual meets, tri-meets, invitationals, diving, and water polo are complete. Additional templates can be made upon request.
  • Many popular animations are available, as well as slide show capabilities.

Locker Rooms

  • 10 locker rooms total, with showers, bathrooms, sinks, individual lockers (average 18), phone capability.
  • Varsity locker rooms renovated in summer of 2013
  • 2 locker rooms for officials, with showers, bathrooms, sinks, and individual lockers (5).

There are two (2) concessions areas located on the Concourse Level, concessions must be provided by the campus Dining Services by contacting Galen Reichley at galen.reichley@bucknell.edu.

Club/Meeting Rooms
There is a conference room on the north-east end of the pool deck with couches, tables, chairs, and a chalkboard.

Control Room
The Control room is located at the south-east end of the pool deck with a printer, telephone, internet access, and all the hook-ups for the Colorado Timing Systems and the Scoreboard.


  • Restrooms are located near the entrance of the natatorium for both men and women.
  • Additional restrooms are located on the Concourse Level.

There are elevators located just inside the main lobby for access to the spectator seating area of the pool.

500 Spectators in the stands, 300 Standing Room Only. 300 on deck.

Guests with Disabilities
Seating is available on the concourse level in the spectator seating area. An elevator is located at the main entrance to provide access to the concourse level upon entrance into the Natatorium. Listening devices can be obtained for guests with hearing impairments prior to scheduled events at the Natatorium.

Rules and Regulations

Alcohol Consumption
No alcoholic beverages may be purchased or brought into the Natatorium during scheduled events.

Conduct of guests in attendance
Bucknell University strives to provide its guests with a safe and enjoyable experience at all on-campus facilities.

Smoking will not be permitted inside the Natatorium. If needed, through the permission of Natatorium staff, designated smoking areas can be provided in certain areas.

All external events require tenants to provide public liability insurance with a minimum limit of one million dollars naming the Pavilion as additionally insured. Bucknell University requires an acceptance of an insurance certificate prior to event day.

Event Staffing
For information regarding special event staffing and any costs that may be incurred, please contact Pam Armold at 570-577-3594.

ADA Accessibility:

- Six permanent accessible parking spaces located in the KLARC U Parking lot. Additional spaces made available on some game days.
- 12 permanent accessible parking spaces located in the Upper Smith Parking lot.

- Enter through the Sojka Pavilion main entrance (automatic doors located to the right).
- For access to the second floor, enter through the Sojka Pavilion main entrance and head straight past the steps, then turn right to access the elevator.
- Restrooms available on the concourse and in the lobby of Sojka Pavilion. Women’s restrooms are located in each corner of the Sojka Pavilion concourse. Men’s restrooms are located at the south end and east corner of the Sojka Pavilion concourse.
- Assisted listening devices available at the ticket window upon request

- Sojka Pavilion has 21 wheelchair access seats with 32 companion seats and eight seats for the hearing impaired.
- Kinney Natatorium provides accessible seating at the top of the bleachers at the northeast corner