Pegula Ice Arena, which broke ground in early February 2012, features two ice surfaces: a main rink, home to Penn State's varsity hockey programs, and a community rink. The main arena seats 5,782 fans, including a 1,000-seat student section.
The two-sheet facility is home to the Nittany Lions beginning with the 2013-14 season. The building hosts a 5,000-square foot weight room, hydrotherapy training room, steam room, team lounge and locker room area.
When visitors come to Hockey Valley, they will experience some of the best amenities college hockey has to offer. Pegula Ice Arena has an interactive history of Penn State Hockey, as well as concession stands, suites, loge boxes and club seats. In addition, the arena's ability to house state-of-the-art media and broadcasting facilities will allow it to host National Hockey League and American Hockey League games, bringing hockey's best to Hockey Valley.
The Centre County community will also be able to take advantage of the community rink, which will be open approximately 360 days per year for public use. The rink will seat 300 fans, feature eight locker rooms and host local youth hockey, university recreation and skating programs.
The facility was brought to fruition by an initial $88 million donation--the largest in University history--from Terry and Kim Pegula, who, through their gift, helped Penn State realize its goal of Division I hockey. At the ceremonial groundbreaking on April 20, 2012, the Pegulas added $14 million to the project to lift the total donation to $102 million.
Construction Groundbreaking: February 2012
Ceremonial Groundbreaking: April 20, 2012
Building Opening: September 9, 2013
Capacity: 5,782 (Arena rink); 300 (Community rink)
Size: 200,000 square feet
Two NHL-sized (200' x 85') ice surfaces
Arena rink will offer:
- 5,782-seat overall capacity
- 1,000-seat student section
- First-rate varsity locker rooms
- Team lounges and dry changing room
- Strength and conditioning center
- Shooting gallery
- Suites, loge boxes and club seats
- State-of-the-art television and radio broadcasting facilities
- Press box and media center
- Concession stands with Subway/Auntie Anne's café
- High Definition video board and ribbon board
Community rink will offer:
- 300-seat capacity
- Eight locker rooms
- Skate rental center
Pegula Ice Arena will have the ability to host National Hockey League and American Hockey League games, as well as professional ice shows, local hockey and figure skating programs.