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Pegula Ice Arena
Address 250 University Drive
University Park, PA 16802
Coordinates 40°48′26″N 77°51′24″W / 40.80710°N 77.8568°W / 40.80710; -77.8568Coordinates: 40°48′26″N 77°51′24″W / 40.80710°N 77.8568°W / 40.80710; -77.8568
Owner Pennsylvania State University
Operator Pennsylvania State University
Type Indoor Arena
Genre(s) sporting events
Capacity 6,014 (Ice hockey)
Scoreboard center hung
Construction
Broke ground April 20, 2012[1]
Opened 11 October 2013 (2013-10-11) (vs. Army)
Construction cost $88 Million
Architect Crawford Architects
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Project manager Mortenson Construction[2]
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer KJWW Engineering
Tenants
Nittany Lion Men's Ice Hockey (2013–present)
Nittany Lion Women's Ice Hockey (2013–present)

The Pegula Ice Arena is a 6,014-seat multi-purpose arena in University Park, Pennsylvania on the campus of Penn State University. The arena opened on October 11, 2013 when the Penn State Nittany Lions men's ice hockey hosted Army.[3] The ice arena replaced the 1,350-seat Penn State Ice Pavilion. The facility is located on the corner of Curtin Road and University Drive near the Bryce Jordan Center. It was announced on January 21, 2011 that the arena would be named in honor of Kim and Terry Pegula whose $100 million donation helped fund the arena and the creation of men's and women's varsity ice hockey programs.[4]

On September 17, 2010 it was officially announced the men's and women's ice hockey programs would move to the NCAA Division I level for the 2012-13 season. The teams competed in the existing 1,350-seat Penn State Ice Pavilion until the new arena was completed in the Fall of 2013.[5] Pegula Ice Arena is capable of hosting other on-ice events, including ice shows and National Hockey League and American Hockey League exhibition games.[6] The first NHL exhibition game at the arena, featuring Pegula's Buffalo Sabres hosting the Minnesota Wild, took place in September 2016, seeing the Minnesota Wild score the game-winning goal with less than 5 seconds in regulation for a 2-1 win.[7] The Sabres will return to the arena for a preseason game in 2017.[8] The main ice arena features a main competition ice arena with seating for about 6,000 spectators. The facility also includes a practice rink, offices, locker rooms and player areas. The facility was 100% privately funded as part of the $100 million gift, the largest in the university's history, to advance the men's and women's ice hockey programs to the NCAA Division I level and provide a suitable facility for that move.[6]

On November 5, 2010 the Penn State Board of Trustees appointed Crawford Architects and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as the architects for the new arena. Crawford Architects has worked on projects in the US and internationally and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the Biobehavioral Health Building, currently under construction on the PSU campus.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Penn State Hockey Celebrates Pegula Ice Arena Groundbreaking". Pennsylvania State University Department of Athletics. April 20, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mortenson's Sports Group Selected for Penn State Hockey Facility—Pegula Ice Arena". Mortenson Construction. March 17, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Men's Hockey Opens Season, Pegula Ice Arena Friday Night". Pennsylvania State University. October 11, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Penn State Names New Arena". College Hockey News. January 21, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Barton, Anthony (February 7, 2011). "Pegula Ice Arena to Be Open for 2013-14 Season". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). Archived from the original on February 10, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Pegulas Commit Historic Gift To Penn State For New Arena And Hockey Program". Pennsylvania State University Department of Athletics. September 17, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Page Not Found". 
  8. ^ "Sabres, Penguins Set For Preseason Clash at Pegula". 
  9. ^ "Trustees Appoint Architects for New Ice Arena". Pennsylvania State University Department of Athletics. November 5, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 

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