The Roar Zone Recognized As Official Student Organization
Look out, Nittanyville — there’s a new student section climbing the ranks of Penn State’s best. The Roar Zone is one of the newest official student organizations on campus, and with the new distinction will come even more of the energy and unique pride that fans in Hockey Valley have come to expect.
Since its inception, the Roar Zone was under the umbrella of the Hockey Management Association. Senior Kyle Hoke was one of the members who was involved when Pegula Ice Arena first opened its doors, and is now the Roar Zone’s president. The Roar Zone’s first few years at Pegula were undeniably impactful, as it was ranked before last season as the nation’s third-best college hockey student section, ahead of decades-old mainstays such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan State.
Some of the credit for its acclaim has to go to the Arena, some has to go to the university, but a lot is due to the innovation of the organization’s leadership. While any student section can have its own chants, the Roar Zone goes above and beyond with its signs and banners, such as this tribute to Stuart Scott and the Wisconsin banner above. Now that it will have more funding and official recognition from the university, fans can expect bigger and better things.