Bill Powell Natatorium

The Bill Powell Natatorium includes a 25-meter x 25-yard swimming pool, which contains 350,000 gallons of water. The pool depth ranges from four to thirteen feet and includes ten 25-yard lanes. The design also allows for eight 25-meter lanes. The natatorium contains an ADA compliant pool lift and is accessible for everyone. Also included in the natatorium is balcony seating for 300 spectators and an outdoor sun deck.

Named for legendary WKU coach Bill Powell, the natatorium has been the permanent home of WKU swimming and diving since 2002. 


The natatorium is part of the Raymond B. Preston & Activities Center on Western Kentucky University's campus.  The Preston Center offers students, faculty, and staff one of the finest campus recreation facilities in the country. Constructed in 1992, the Preston Center added a new dimension to recreational activities, intramural-sports, and open recreation for the university community. Components of the Preston Center include a weight room, fitness room, gymnasium, dance studio, racquetball courts, swimming pool, a pro-shop, the Outdoor Recreation & Adventure Center, a Health & Fitness Lab, and many other features.  The facility recently underwent a massive renovation, including construction of a new weight room.

Natatorium Specifications

  • 25 meter x 25 yard swimming pool
  • 10 lanes
  • 4 to 13 foot depth
  • 2 one meter diving boards
  • 1 three meter diving board
  • ADA compliant hydraulic lift
  • 300 capacity spectator seating observatory
  • Sun deck