A Look Inside The Pegula Ice Arena
Welcome to Pegula Ice Arena, the new home of the Penn State Nittany Lions hockey program.
It has a nice sign outside.
And an even nicer sign inside.
Here’s a dedication to the man who paid for the arena, Terry Pegula. The wall is a nod to the multibillionaire’s business in natural gas, as it’s intended to look like layers of shale being drilled for oil.
There’s a community rink inside for high school and youth league hockey.
And that rink has a bench made out of leftover scrap metal and flooring.
Pegula has a brand new propane zamboni!
And pipes. A lot of pipes.
The training room is nice.
It has a cold tub, a hot tub, and a training tub with a built-in camera.
The men’s locker room is beautiful.
It has inspirational messages.
A bunch of them.
The plaque-less locker is not for any of the Penn State players. It’s for the team’s THON child.
There’s a state-of-the-art weight room inside the arena.
There’s also a synthetic ice training center with electronic data-collecting equipment.
The men’s team’s lounge is alright, I guess.
They have custom skate-sharpening machines.
I can confirm that the lounge chairs are comfortable. So can Joe Battista.
I can also confirm that hockey players play hockey video games.
Battista says that the visitor’s locker rooms are nice by visitor’s locker room standards.
Head coach Guy Gadowsky has some nice new digs.
There are clubs inside too.
And they have a pretty good view of some University Park landmarks.
This is a suite. I am jealous of whoever owns it.
There’s even a hockey puck mural of the arena’s name.
Local teams sent in their pucks.
This doesn’t look like much yet, but it will be a Subway, Auntie Anne’s, and a coffee shop.
But I know what you all want to see, the ice.
And the amazing scoreboard.
Is this place beautiful or what?
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