March 2012

Beginning the Ice Age at Penn State

Article related photo.Three stories, two ice rinks and a cyber café—a.k.a. the new Pegula Ice Arena—are beginning to come to life as construction began on the largest ice sheet in Central Pennsylvania and the future home of Penn State’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey teams.

Located across from the Bryce Jordan Center and next to Holuba Hall on University Drive, the Pegula Ice Arena will be state of the art and the only major rink in an 80-mile radius. The arena’s main ice rink will accommodate 6,000 spectators, and a smaller community ice rink will hold 300 people. The building’s three stories will include the event level, the main concourse level and the balcony or club and suite level. In addition to locker rooms, management offices and storage and mechanical spaces, the facility’s plans incorporate a Mt. Nittany Room (a room with a view of the ice that will be used for multiple purposes), a cyber café, a press and media area and room for ticketing and concessions. The facility will be LEED certified, continuing the University’s emphasis on sustainable building.

The surrounding region will benefit from the new complex as well, with features for a broad range of campus and community activities, from commencement ceremonies to kinesiology classes to public skating sessions and camps for young skaters and hockey players.

The facility will provide new training and performance opportunities for Penn State’s figure skating club. The arena also will offer ice time to recreational and high school hockey programs, as well as intramural and local speed skating and broomball clubs. The arena will be able to host events such as professional ice shows and National Hockey League and American Hockey League exhibition games, generating tourism and other economic impacts in the region. And of course, Pegula Ice Arena will be home to Penn State’s new men’s and women’s intercollegiate hockey teams beginning the 2013–14 season.

Photo by Penn State Department of Public Information

The facility’s final design, by Crawford Architects of Kansas City, Mo., with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was approved in January by the Penn State Board of Trustees. For the artist’s renderings of the new arena, visit here.

The Pegula Ice Arena is named for Terry (a 1988 alumnus) and Kim Pegula, who made the largest donation in Penn State’s history—$88 million—to build the new ice arena and establish men’s and women’s intercollegiate hockey teams at Penn State. The Pegula’s were named Penn State’s 2011 Philanthropists of the Year.

Watch this video about the construction of Pegula Ice Arena.