Fitness and Recreation


Graduate students may purchase a pass to gain admission to men’s/women’s basketball and men’s hockey games. Tickets also can be purchased at the door in the Gallagher Center or at the ticket office in Dwyer Arena. For more information, call 716.286.8622.

Dwyer Arena

Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena is home to the men’s NCAA Division I hockey teams, as well as the men’s ACHA hockey team and the women’s club hockey team. Intramural broomball leagues are offered for staff and students. Public skating is offered year round for staff, students and local communities. The arena consists of two full-sized (National Hockey League) rinks. The main arena can accommodate 1,800 spectators and the auxiliary 200. An entertainment area overlooks the main arena which can host company, birthday and private parties. There are 10 locker rooms within the complex.

Kiernan Recreation Center (KRC)

The Kiernan Recreation Center offers 43,000 square feet of recreational space for student use. The complex includes:

  • a newly renovated fitness center with state of the art treadmills;
  • a six lane swimming and diving pool;
  • saunas;
  • a racquetball court;
  • four basketball courts;
  • a weight room;
  • fitness areas that include cardiovascular and strengthtraining equipment; and
  • an aerobic and dance area.

The university also maintains a number of outdoor recreational areas:

  • a lighted turf field;
  • tennis courts;
  • basketball courts;
  • baseball and softball fields;
  • soccer fields; and
  • large areas available for football, Frisbee and other outdoor sports.

The center is open seven days a week while school is in session and is available for use by graduate students for a per-visit or semester fee. Children and spouses of graduate students who pay the membership fee may use the center at no cost during the center’s established family hours. Visit the Kiernan Recreation Center website for more information at

Graduate students are invited and encouraged to participate in a wide variety of intramural and recreational activities offered in the KRC. There is a fee for graduate student intramural teams which allows all team members to enter the KRC during the team’s scheduled activities. Students have found that use of the facility and participation in the programs the center offers greatly enhances the quality and vitality of collegiate life.

During the summer months, the KRC offers one of the area’s finest youth summer camps. Graduate students are welcome to register their children for the camp. This is also a fantastic employment option for graduate students.