TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Penn State gets chance to show off new arena

College Football Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Scott Brown
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
 

UNIVERSITY PARK — Joe Battista smiled like a proud father during a tour of Pegula Ice Arena that he helped lead Saturday morning.

There was a good reason.

Battista has been tasked with implementing Terry Pegula's vision for the arena, which is scheduled to open in early September. And it doesn't appear that Penn State's newest sporting venue will be lacking for much if anything.

It will have amenities associated with modern sports playgrounds, such as luxury suites, without sacrificing the home-ice advantage Pegula demanded when he donated $100 million for the arena that bears his name.

The student section is built as steep as building code allows, and it's right behind the net the visiting goaltender will mind for two of the three periods. Roughly 1,000 of the 6,000 seats are reserved for students, who figure to cram into Pegula Arena on Oct. 11 when Penn State christens the building with a game against Army.

“(Pegula) said he wanted it so loud it would sound like a little kid in a tin can with a hammer,” said Battista, Penn State's associate athletic director for Pegula Ice Arena and varsity hockey.

More than just money has been sunk into the arena that is symbolic of Penn State's jump to major college hockey.

Battista said he visited and studied more than 40 hockey facilities, including Consol Energy Center, before construction started on Pegula Arena.

When Pegula is completed, it will have two full-length rinks — the auxiliary one will be used for junior hockey games and community skates — a 5,200 square-foot weight room, spacious locker rooms that include hydrotherapy tubs, seating for NHL scouts and a club area that will be rented out.

Battista said he has received season-ticket orders for 3,000 of the 5,000 seats that will be sold to the general public.

“And we haven't really started to market it yet,” Battista said. “There's not a bad seat in this arena.”

Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at sbrown@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ ScottBrown_Trib.

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Steve Laurila of Mortenson Construction Co leads a private media tour of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Steve Laurila of Mortenson Construction Co leads a private media tour of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - An exterior view of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken during a private media tour on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>An exterior view of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken during a private media tour on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - An exterior view of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken during a private media tour on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>An exterior view of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken during a private media tour on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - An interior view of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken during a private media tour on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>An interior view of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken during a private media tour on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - An interior view of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken during a private media tour on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>An interior view of the 6,000-seat Pegula Ice Arena taken during a private media tour on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in University Park. The first contest in the new arena is set for Oct. 11 when the Penn State men's hockey team will face Army.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers stress improved conditioning in attempt to play past injuries
  2. Pirates’ Burnett endures another poor start in blowout loss to Reds
  3. Memories of Steelers fan from Beaver Falls go beyond simple recall
  4. Pirates bolster bullpen by trading for former closer Soria
  5. Steelers’ reserve quarterbacks vie to secure spot behind Roethlisberger, Gradkowski
  6. Music on way to Westmoreland’s Twin Lakes Park
  7. Traded after Stanley Cup, Saad not alone in being dealt after title
  8. Derry man gets 19-year prison sentence for recording sex assaults of girl
  9. Girl, 10, forced to strip in Sewickley Township home invasion
  10. Greensburg YMCA seeks soccer sites for fall
  11. Newsmaker: Stephanie McMahon