The $90 million Pegula Ice Arena began its run as the home of Penn State ice hockey to rave reviews on September 9, 2013, and thanks to funding through a donation made by PSU alumnus and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, as well as his wife Kim, the largest private donation in university history.
PIA's 200,000 square feet - designed by Crawford Architects of Kansas City, MO with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Wilkes-Barre, PA - include two sheets of ice, a 5,782-seat "Varsity Rink" (named for its use by Penn State's NCAA hockey teams) and a 300-seat "Community Rink." Together, the surfaces offer central Pennsylvania unprecedented flexibility to host not only hockey, but figure skating, concerts, recreational activities and educational programs.
|The Pegula Ice Arena Varsity (top) and Community (bottom) Rinks|
During practices and games, the Penn State Women's Ice Hockey Club skates primarily on the Varsity Rink, although the Community Rink has been used in cases of scheduling conflicts. For spectators, the former includes 1,000 bleacher seats at one end of the ice in its Lady Ice Lions game configuration, as well as restrooms and a lounge area featuring Subway and Auntie Anne's locations. The Community Rink includes a snack bar (as well as access to the food options in the Varsity Rink upstairs) and seating spanning one side of the ice.
Regardless of which rink the Lady Ice Lions use, it enjoys a tremendous home ice advantage: PSU completed its second season at Pegula Ice Arena in 2014-15 with an 8-1-0 home record, matching its 8-1-0 mark in the facility in 2013-14. Those results significantly include a 3-1 win over California (PA) on February 1, 2014 that clinched the inaugural College Hockey East regular season championship as well as a 2-1 overtime result over No. 5 Massachusetts on January 10, 2015.
|The WIHC has a locker room at Pegula Ice Arena designated exclusively for team use|
The team occupies a dedicated locker room at PIA, including individual stall areas for each player's gear and belongings. A private bathroom and shower, refrigerator, television and DVD player are also among the amenities in the secure space.
Its convenient location at 250 University Drive in University Park, at the intersection of University Drive and Curtin Road, offers easy access to much of the Penn State campus. The East Halls dormitories, the school's largest on-campus housing area, and the bulk of PSU's athletic facilities are a mere five-minute walk away. A majority of University Park's dorms and academic buildings, as well as State College's noted downtown shops, restaurants, bars and residences are within 15 minutes or less on foot.
For more information on the finest venue in college hockey, visit Pegula Ice Arena's official site: