Final plans for Pegula Ice Arena approved

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s Board of Trustees Friday (Jan. 20) approved the final design and authorized the awarding of contracts for the construction of the Pegula Ice Arena at University Park, as designed by Crawford Architects of Kansas City, Mo., with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

"In a recent study, it was determined that Pennsylvania is one of the fastest growing states in the country for interest in hockey, fueled, in part, by the recent successes of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers,” Ford Stryker, associate vice president for physical plant, said. “Thanks to the generous financial support of Terry and Kim Pegula and other donors, we are able to build the new ice arena.”

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The new ice arena will house Penn State's NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs, and also will be used as a year-round recreational and educational asset for members of the University community as well as for children, youth and families throughout the area.

Located near the corner of University Drive and Curtin Road and close to the Bryce Jordan Center and the Intramural Building, the ice arena will two rinks. The arena's main ice rink will have accommodations for 6,000 spectators while the community ice rink will hold 300 people. The arena also will have three levels: 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 new facility will include a Mt. Nittany Room (a room with a view of the ice, 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.

Completion of the Pegula Ice Arena will be in September 2013, in time for practice for the 2013-14 ice hockey season. The total project budget is $89 million.

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Last Updated January 20, 2012