UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Pegula Ice Arena will not open until September of 2013, but if you close your eyes and open them up inside the CAVE model of the future home of Penn State Hockey at the Applied Research Laboratory on the west side of campus you would think it was open now.
The hockey head coaches and a few staff members recently received an incredible first-hand look at Pegula Ice Arena inside the Applied Research Lab 3D Stereoscopic Model. Women's hockey head coach Josh Brandwene summed up the detailed model of Pegula Ice Arena best.
"In a word - awesome," Brandwene said. "It makes you realize what a first class facility this going to be at Penn State."
With aid of a wireless controller, the interactive model enabled the coaches and staff to virtually move throughout the arena. From the ice and benches to the concourse and suites, the CAVE model inside the Synthetic Environment Applications Laboratory (SEA Lab) takes onlookers through a 1:1 scale tour of the facility. All four walls and the floor provide a virtual experience of Pegula Ice Arena unlike anywhere else in the world.
Tim Shaw, Head of the SEA Lab, Vaughn Whisker, Research Associate at the SEA Lab, and the SEA Lab staff worked with Mortenson Construction and Crawford Architects to build an exact 1:1 model of the 6,000-seat home of Penn State Hockey before it is constructed.
Men's hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky was impressed from the moment he stepped into the CAVE model.
"It is awesome," Coach Gadowsky said. "It is so cool being able to go through the arena. It gives you a great idea about what Pegula Ice Arena is going to be like. I just wish it were here right now. It is going to be beautiful."
One of the trademark features that stood out in the Pegula Ice Arena model was the student section. The steep architectural design in the 1,000-seat student section will put Penn State students on top of the goalie at one end of the ice.
Take a look inside Pegula Ice Arena CAVE model.
With superb weather in Happy Valley this spring, construction of Pegula Ice Arena at the corner of University Drive and Curtin Road is progressing on schedule for completion in September of 2013. The men's and women's hockey teams will begin varsity competition during the 2012-'13 season.
Pegula Ice Arena CAVE Model Photos:
Men's head coach Guy Gadowsky, director of operations Bill Downey, and Vaughn Whisker from the SEA Lab.
Pegula Ice Arena.
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