The Bucknell University Department of Athletics and Recreation prides itself on setting the standard of excellence when it comes to success both on the playing fields and in the classroom. Whether it is winning Presidents' Cups, leading the nation in graduation rates, or producing Academic All-Americans and Patriot League Scholar-Athletes, Bucknell is clearly at the head of the class in terms of upholding the scholar-athlete model.

The addition of the Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center, one of the finest collegiate athletics and recreation venues of its kind, ensures the continuation of that success.

The facility enhances each of Bucknell's 27 varsity programs and greatly expands the scope of its growing intramural and recreational sports offerings. A visually appealing structure located along Moore Avenue on the "downhill" side of campus, the Langone Athletics and Recreation Center was designed to reach out to all members of the campus community, including the student body, varsity student-athletes, faculty, staff and alumni.

Three primary venues lie within the facility: the Arthur D. Kinney Jr. Natatorium, the 4,000-seat Gary A. Sojka Pavilion and the Krebs Family Fitness Center. Other features include a new location for the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame, a display of Bucknell's Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, a sports medicine and athletic training suite, classrooms, modern offices for coaches and staff and increased locker room space for varsity and recreational athletes.

The facility is named in honor of Ken Langone, a 1957 Bucknell graduate who, along with his wife Elaine, pledged $11 million toward the center's construction. Langone was a member of the university Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1996.

One of the special qualities of the Langone Athletics and Recreation Center is the manner in which it supplements the pre-existing facilities. The brand new construction surrounds Gerhard Fieldhouse and historic Davis Gymnasium, which has been restored as a competition venue for the Bison volleyball and wrestling teams, as well as intramural, recreation and other varsity practice activities.

As Bucknell continues to strive toward its mission of setting the standard of excellence in college athletics, the Langone Athletics and Recreation Center becomes the centerpiece in an already impressive cache of athletics facilities that includes the 13,100-seat Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium and its FieldTurf gridiron and 8-lane track surface; the scenic Bucknell Golf Club and new Bachman Golf Center; and the spacious West Fields Complex, which encompasses Depew Field (baseball), Becker Field (softball) and the adjascent Graham Field (Astroturf for field hockey and women's lacrosse) and Emmitt Field (natural grass) venues that are supported by Holmes Stadium.

A closer look behind the walls of the Kenneth G. Langone Athletics and Recreation Center:

Ramer Schaffner Memorial Hall
Ramer Schaffner Memorial Hall greets guests as they enter the Langone Athletics and Recreation Center. The entry hall features the busts of 2nd Lt. George H. Ramer and 1st Lt. Dwite H. Schaffner, Bucknell's Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, and provides access to Gerhard Fieldhouse and the Krebs Family Fitness Center on the ground level. Guests may proceed to the second level to enter Davis Gym, administrative offices and the Hall of Fame, which celebrates Bucknell's Patriot League championships and other athletics accomplishments.

Krebs Fitness Center

Krebs Family Fitness Center
Promoting lifetime wellness, the Krebs Family Fitness Center contains state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength conditioning equipment. The 16,000-square-foot center includes over 175 positions for equipment within three distinct areas. The first-level cardiovascular and pin-select equipment is open for student, faculty and staff use at all times. Directly above, the mezzanine also contains cardio equipment, with scenic views of the campus and natatorium. In July 2008, a new Mondo floor was installed.

The third area, the Berger Family Weight Room, sits on the former site of Freas-Rooke Pool, and is used for instructional free-weight training and varsity workouts.

Kinney Natatorium

Arthur D. Kinney Jr. Natatorium
Kinney Natatorium features a 50-meter by 25-yard Olympic class pool, which accommodates four varsity programs -- men's and women's swimming and diving and men's and women's water polo -- while enhancing the recreational aquatics opportunities for the Bucknell community. 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 Championship. The facility is home to Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships every other year, and it has also played host to the 2004 Eastern Women's Water Polo Championship and an exhibition game against the U.S. women's water polo national team, drawing rave reviews at each. Beginning in the spring of 2005, the Pennsylvania state swimming championships moved to Kinney Natatorium.

The facility has proven to be quite a home pool advantage for Bucknell, which became the first institution in league history to capture both the men's and women's swimming and diving championships in the same season in 2003. A total of 20 meet records and 16 league marks fell that weekend.

Sojka Pavilion

Gary A. Sojka Pavilion
Sojka Pavilion provides the Bison men's and women's basketball programs with one of the finest arenas in the East. A "first-class" venue capable of seating 4,000 spectators for sporting and other campus events, the pavilion has walk-down access to all seats and unobstructed views of the playing surface or concert stage for all spectators. The seating bowl features approximately 1,500 fixed seats and 2,500 retractable seats, enabling an "expandable" open floor area with sufficient space for three basketball courts for recreational activities and varsity practices. The spacious upper-level concourse includes two concession areas, restrooms, handicapped seating and several suites that overlook the floor.

Behind the scenes, on the floor level, Sojka Pavilion provides a green room for performance acts and other functions, a catering kitchen for special events, ticket windows, locker room space for home and visiting teams and officials, and a loading dock capable of accommodating team buses and production trucks for televised events.

Dozens of nationally televised basketball games have already been aired from Sojka Pavilion, including the 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Patriot League championship games and an ESPN360 airing of the Bucknell-Villanova men's game that drew a school-record crowd of 4,433.