Four-thousand seat Sojka Pavilion is the home of the Bucknell men's and women's basketball teams. The building opened Jan. 15, 2003 with a basketball doubleheader against Lehigh.
The building was dedicated in honor of Dr. Gary A. Sojka, former president of Bucknell University and faculty member in the biology department. Sojka oversaw Bucknell's highly successful move into the Patriot League in the mid-1980s. He is also a former NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at the university.
Sojka Pavilion represented the final major piece of Bucknell's state-of-the-art Recreation and Athletics Center when it opened in 2003. In use since the fall of that year was the Krebs Fitness Center and Kinney Natatorium, as well as the new sports medicine center and administrative and coaches' offices.
The pavilion includes "walk-down" access and unobstructed views of the playing surface from all seating areas. Many of the 4,000 seats are fixed in place, while others are retractable to allow for an expandable open floor area with sufficient space for three regulation basketball courts for recreational use as well as varsity practice. The facility also features concession areas, ticket windows, restrooms, handicapped seating, team and officials locker rooms, a media room and other meeting areas.
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.