An Ideal Setting for All Wildcats

Kimball Union Academy provides excellent athletic facilities for the entire KUA community. Nestled in the heart of the Upper Valley, our campus is the ideal training and recreation center for athletes of nearly any discipline and at all levels.

Facility Rentals

KUA rents its facilities to outside groups when not in use by the Academy. Contact Athletic Director Adam Pfeifer for details.


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    Adam Pfeifer 

    Director of Athletics
    603 469-2142

Campus Athletic Venues

Akerstrom Arena

Akerstrom Arena is part of the Whittemore Athletic Center. Ice is available at the beginning of November and is equipped with a state-of-the-art refrigeration system. This versatile arena accommodates a variety of different athletic events including figure skating, hockey, and broomball during the winter months. In March, the facility is transformed into an indoor playing field and is ideal for lacrosse, baseball, soccer, and softball. In addition, the space serves as an ideal location for conventions, fairs, or other corporate events.

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  • A 200’ x 85’ NHL-Size Ice Surface

  • Five athlete changing rooms

  • Bench seats for 250 spectators

  • Standing room for 100 spectators

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  • The Barn Field House

    The Barn is one of the premier indoor playing surfaces in Northern New England. Field dimensions are 80 x 50 yards, surrounded by wall-to-wall protective netting. The facility is built with high-quality turf that allows student-athletes to train year-round and pursue their passion, even during the winter months. The Barn is home to Lightning Soccer Club, a premier youth soccer club serving over 60 towns in the Upper Valley.
    The Barn Schedule
  • Pope Fields Complex

    One of the best competitions and practice facilities in New England, Pope consists of a newly renovated turf field and three grass fields. Pope is home to the field hockey, cross country, soccer, and lacrosse programs. Boasting some of the best natural grass fields for soccer and lacrosse, the complex provides an excellent training and development area. The turf field recently underwent a total resurfacing and is lighted for night competition. The wide-open space hosts the start and finish area for the cross-country program and is adjacent to over 5 miles of groomed running and Nordic trails.
    Pope Field Schedule
  • Alumni Gym

    The iconic Alumni Gym is home to the Kimball Union basketball teams and workout facility. The Silver Gym was the Academy’s first athletic building, with the basketball court coming several decades later. The facility brings feelings of nostalgia and is home to future Division I players and basketball enthusiasts alike. Alumni Gym was renovated in 2019.
    Alumni Gym Schedule
  • Fitness Center

    Located in Alumni Gym, the Fitness Center serves the KUA community at large as well as strength and fitness afternoon activities and athletic teams' training needs.
    Fitness Center Schedule
  • Tennis Courts

    The tennis courts, located next to the Barn, are classic Har-Tru tennis courts, available weather permitting.
    Tennis Courts Schedule
  • Cross Country & Mountain Bike Trails

    An extensive network, including the campus “Potato Patch," offers maintained and groomed trails on approximately 50 acres suitable for biking, nordic skiing, running, and walking. The trails are used by KUA’s Mountain Biking and Cross-Country teams and connect directly to the main Pope Fields athletic complex.

Off-Campus Venues

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  • Golf

    The KUA Golf Team and recreational golf program benefits from access to beautiful courses throughout the Upper Valley.
  • Alpine Skiing and Freeskiing

    Mount Sunapee and Okemo Mountain serve as the training facilities for alpine and freeskiing. Storrs Hill (a training facility for the young Mikaela Shiffrin) and Whaleback Mountain are just 15 minutes from campus for recreational ski days.
  • Equestrian

    KUA alumni and parents Sally Herbert ’83 and Tim Herbert ’84 host the Equestrian Team at their beautiful, state-of-the-art Ring Brook Farm, located just 10 minutes from Kimball Union.