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Pegula Ice Arena

University Park, PA

Home of the Penn State Nittany Lions

3.6

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Pegula Ice Arena (map it)
250 University Dr
University Park, PA 16802


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Year Opened: 2013

Capacity: 6,014

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Pegula Arena in State College, Pennsylvania opened just in time for the start of the 2013-2014 Penn State ice hockey season. The arena was paid for by a $100 million donation from Penn State Alum and natural gas billionaire Terry Pegula and his wife Kim. This enabled the Penn State Men’s and Women’s team to move from Club Hockey to NCAA and into the newly formed Big Ten hockey conference. Penn State also still has ACHA Men’s and Women’s Club teams playing in the arena. Many college hockey fans say that Pegula Arena is one of the top five NCAA arenas in the USA!

3.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

The food selection in Pegula Arena is typical stadium food, but there is also a Subway and Auntie Anne's Pretzel restaurant within the arena which are both very popular. There is no alcohol sold in Pegula Arena, but make sure to try some ice cream from the Penn State student run Creamery.

Atmosphere    5

Pegula Arena is beautiful and well lighted. It is a fitting home for the Penn State hockey program, and the venue gets very loud. The student section called "Roar Zone" are bleacher seats at a steep angle behind the opposing goalie. All other seats in the first level are chairback and include drink holders. There are also several suites in the upper level around the arena. There really isn't a bad seat in the 6,000 seat arena.

Neighborhood    4

State College has many good restaurants and hotels within 10 minutes of the Pegula Arena. My favorite restaurant is American Ale House on Cricklewood Drive in Toftrees section of town. The Ale House has high quality food and drinks, plus they cook New Orleans style seafood right at the Bar. Try the Pan Roast with Shrimp and Crabs in a spicy cream sauce.

The best bar is Happy Valley Brewing Company on Elmwood Street where they make their own beers and serve unique food. Try the Eggplant Rigatoni.

There are many hotels in State College, but the closest nice hotel to Pegula Arena is the Hilton Garden Inn on East College Ave.

Fans    4

Penn State's hockey squad struggled in their inaugural season in the Big Ten, but the future is bright. Future hockey stars in the Northeast will want to play for Penn State in this wonderful setting in front of sold out crowds of 6,000 screaming students and locals. The rowdy student section behind the net where Penn State shoots twice is called the Roar Zone and is very intimidating to visiting teams.

Access    3

It is a long cold walk from the parking lot to the arena. Parking costs $5 per car. There are plenty of nice restrooms at Pegula Arena, and rarely a line. You can walk around the entire arena on a wide concourse which has views from every angle.

Return on Investment    4

Ticket prices at Pegula Arena are relatively cheap from $10 -$18 which is well worth it to see Big 10 hockey in a brand new and electric environment.

Extras    1

Be sure to stay for the end of the game when the Team faces the Roar Zone and sings the Penn State Alma Mater with the student section. This is really moving after a big Penn State win.

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American Ale House  (map it!)

821 Cricklewood Dr

State College, PA 16803

(814) 237-9701

http://www.americanalehouse.net/

Happy Valley Brewing Company  (map it!)

137 Elmwood St

State College, PA 16803

(814) 234-4406

http://www.happyvalleybeer.com/

The Fraser Street Deli  (map it!)

109 S Fraser St

State College, PA 16801

(814) 234-1918

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Hilton Garden Inn State College  (map it!)

1221 E College Ave

State College, PA 16801

(814) 272-1221

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