Final Touches for New Arena

Final Touches for New Arena

Penn State's Pegula Arena to open in two weeks.
UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - With only 16 days left until the first official game at Pegula Ice Arena, it's time to put the finishing touches on the crown jewel of Hockey Valley.

Inside the $102 million rink, the scoreboard is set for game action.
The ice glistens – hard and fast with a Penn State logo front and center.
The student section, which is built as steep as code allows, is ready to roar.

“It is going to be loud. And it is going to be exciting in there,” says Joe Battista, Penn State’s associate athletic director for the arena. “The most fun, rockingest environment in college hockey.”

Pegula Arena is built exclusively with hockey and skating in mind and is just about set for its inaugural season.
Crews are making finishing touches to get the facility ready for opening night.

“Right now the devil's in the details,” Battista says.

A former player and coach for Penn State’s “Icers” club hockey team, Battista has envisioned a top-flight hockey facility at PSU since his days as a student in the early 1980s.
Now, a dozen proposals and more than a quarter century later, the idea has become a reality.

“On the behalf of a lot of other people who have dreamed this dream, I couldn't be more thrilled that it's happened,” Battista says, a bit of emotion in his voice. “I couldn't be happier with the facility. It is magnificent.”

And the buzz is building for Big Ten hockey in Happy Valley.
Just 22 season tickets remain unsold for Penn State's first season in the new hockey conference.

“That puts a smile on our faces,” Battista says.

Pegula will open for play on Oct. 11 when Penn State men's hockey hosts Army at 8 p.m.
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