ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The University of Alaska Anchorage athletic department has announced the most significant impact to the Alaska Airlines Center and Wells Fargo Sports Complex resulting from last Friday’s 7.0 earthquake.
The Alaska Airlines Center sustained damage ranging from broken glass in several trophy cases to flooding of the main floor of the arena. The water was cleaned up within a few hours following the quake, but the long-term effects of the standing water, if any, will not be known until the floor has ample opportunity to dry through this weekend.
Additionally, both the Auxiliary Gym and the Gymnastics Studio at the AAC sustained limited ceiling and sheetrock damage, but repairs have begun and are expected to be completed within the next several days.
The Gymnastics team’s annual Green & Gold Meet scheduled for Saturday, December 8, in the Auxiliary Gym has been cancelled.
The Wells Fargo Sports Complex received some damage when a water pipe broke near the ice sheet. The pipe has been repaired with no long term damage sustained. There was no damage to the pool, which remains fully operational.
Both buildings are slated to reopen for employee occupancy and limited team and/or public usage on Wednesday.
The closing of both buildings since Friday forced several UAA athletic teams to seek alternative practice arrangements.
The basketball teams have held practice at Grace Christian School and the gymnastics team has been practicing at the Anchorage Gymnastics Association.
The hockey team practiced at Sullivan Arena Monday and Tuesday. The facility, which is operated by the city, sustained some damage with the full extent unknown at this time. The team departs for a two-week road trip Tuesday.
The track and field teams continue to practice at The Dome.
No basketball games or other UAA athletic events are expected to be rescheduled or missed as a result of Friday’s damage.