Pegula Ice Arena

The Pegula Ice Arena is a 6,014-seat multi-purpose arena in University Park, Pennsylvania on the campus of Penn State University. The facility is located on the corner of Curtin Road and University Drive near the Bryce Jordan Center. The arena is named after Kim and Terry Pegula for their donations to fund the arena and it replaced the 1,350-seat Penn State Ice Pavilion.

Pegula Ice Arena
Address250 University Drive
University Park, PA 16802
Coordinates40°48′26″N 77°51′24″W
OwnerPennsylvania State University
OperatorPennsylvania State University
TypeIndoor Arena
Genre(s)sporting events
Capacity6,014 (Ice hockey)
Scoreboardcenter hung
Broke groundApril 20, 2012[1]
Opened11 October 2013 (2013-10-11) (vs. Army)
Construction cost$88 Million
ArchitectCrawford Architects
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Project managerMortenson Construction[2]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Services engineerKJWW Engineering
Penn State Nittany Lions men's ice hockey (2013–present)
Penn State Nittany Lions women's ice hockey (2013–present)


On September 17, 2010 it was officially announced the men's and women's ice hockey programs would move to the NCAA Division I level for the 2012-13 season. The teams competed in the existing 1,350-seat Penn State Ice Pavilion until the new arena was completed in the Fall of 2013.[3]

On November 5, 2010 the Penn State Board of Trustees appointed Crawford Architects and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as the architects for the new arena. Crawford Architects has worked on projects in the US and internationally and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed the Biobehavioral Health Building, currently under construction on the PSU campus.[4]

It was announced on January 21, 2011 that the arena would be named in honor of Kim and Terry Pegula whose $88 million donation helped fund the arena and the creation of men's and women's varsity ice hockey programs.[5]

On February 15, 2011, it was announced that the main lobby of the arena would be named after the Silvis family, following a $1 million donation by Paul and Nancy Silvis.[6][7][8]

The arena opened on October 11, 2013 when the Penn State Nittany Lions men's ice hockey hosted Army.[9]

Pegula Ice Arena is capable of hosting other on-ice events, including ice shows and National Hockey League and American Hockey League exhibition games.[10] The first NHL exhibition game at the arena, featuring Pegula's Buffalo Sabres hosting the Minnesota Wild, took place in September 2016, seeing the Minnesota Wild score the game-winning goal with less than 5 seconds in regulation for a 2-1 win.[11] The Sabres will return to the arena for a preseason game in 2017.[12] The main ice arena features a main competition ice arena with seating for about 6,000 spectators. The facility also includes a practice rink, offices, locker rooms and player areas. The facility was 100% privately funded as part of the $88 million gift, the largest in the university's history, to advance the men's and women's ice hockey programs to the NCAA Division I level and provide a suitable facility for that move.[10]

See also


  1. "Penn State Hockey Celebrates Pegula Ice Arena Groundbreaking". Pennsylvania State University Department of Athletics. April 20, 2012. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  2. "Mortenson's Sports Group Selected for Penn State Hockey Facility—Pegula Ice Arena". Mortenson Construction. March 17, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  3. Barton, Anthony (February 7, 2011). "Pegula Ice Arena to Be Open for 2013-14 Season". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). Archived from the original on February 10, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  4. "Trustees Appoint Architects for New Ice Arena". Pennsylvania State University Department of Athletics. November 5, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  5. "Penn State Names New Arena". College Hockey News. January 21, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
  6. "Penn State Hockey Receives Another Donation". 2011-02-16. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  7. "Ice Campaign receives $1 million gift from Paul and Nancy Silvis | Penn State University". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  8. "State College, PA - PSU Ice Campaign Receives $1 Million Boost from Paul and Nancy Silvis -". Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  9. "Men's Hockey Opens Season, Pegula Ice Arena Friday Night". Pennsylvania State University. October 11, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  10. "Pegulas Commit Historic Gift To Penn State For New Arena And Hockey Program". Pennsylvania State University Department of Athletics. September 17, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
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  12. "Sabres, Penguins Set For Preseason Clash at Pegula".