In preparation for the imminent move of the men’s and women’s ice hockey programs into NCAA Division I, Crawford Architects was commissioned to conduct a feasibility study to verify the site for a new ice arena on the university’s campus.
The new ice arena is designed to meet the needs of both the Nittany Lions hockey teams, Penn State’s ACHA DII club ice hockey team as well as campus and community recreation, public skating sessions and youth camps. The new ice arena is capable of hosting other on-ice events, including ice shows and National Hockey League and American Hockey League exhibition games. The facility features a main competition ice arena with seating for 6,000 spectators. The facility also includes a practice rink, offices, locker room and player areas.
The facility was privately-funded from a donation of $88 million, the largest in the university’s history, to advance the men’s and women’s ice hockey programs to the NCAA DI level and provide a suitable facility for that move.