During the grand opening and dedication of the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex (KPAC) on October 4, 2014, President Shirley Mullen expressed the following aspirations for the facility. “It will be the scene of opportunities for physical growth, renewed discipline and unexpected comebacks. It will be the scene of great joy for generations of community members and spectators. It will be the scene of new opportunities for Houghton College to serve Allegany County and the Western New York region.” Three years later, the facility has been exactly that and more to those drawn to our rural Allegany County campus.
During the 2016-17 academic year, the facility drew approximately 30,000 visitors to Houghton’s campus from across the region and beyond. In 2017-18, that number is projected to nearly double. It isn’t only Houghton’s Division III, Empire 8 athletics teams that are drawing spectators. Clinics, concerts by major recording artists, conferences, expos, and indoor high school track and field and tennis meets are only some of significant events benefiting our students, community and region. Houghton students are benefiting from the fitness equipment and exercise classes as they seek to steward their bodies as well as their minds to the glory of God.
KPAC Event Highlights
Clinics with Olympic athletes, including:
- Tamika Catchings (basketball)
- Jennie Finch (softball)
- Jake Kaminski (archery)
- Ryan Hall (track and field)
Major recording artists such as:
- Tenth Avenue North
- Toby Mac
- Laura Story
The Western New York Great Outdoorsman Expo
Indoor track meets for Sections V and VI of The New York State Public High School Athletic Association