|Address||250 University Drive
University Park, PA 16802
|Owner||Pennsylvania State University|
|Operator||Pennsylvania State University|
|Capacity||5,782 (Ice hockey)|
|Broke ground||April 20, 2012|
|Opened||11 October 2013(vs. Army)|
|Construction cost||$88 Million|
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
|Project manager||Mortenson Construction|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Services engineer||KJWW Engineering|
|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. 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.
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. Pegula Ice Arena is capable of hosting other on-ice events, including ice shows and National Hockey League and American Hockey League exhibition games. 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. The Sabres will return to the arena for a preseason game in 2017. 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.
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.
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