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Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center Gymnasium - Penn State-York Nittany Lions

Photos by Richard Smith, Stadium Journey

Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 3.29

Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center Gymnasium 1031 Edgecomb Avenue York, PA 17403

Year Opened: 1970 Capacity: 1,500


Another Penn State

Penn State-York is a commonwealth campus of Pennsylvania State University located in York, PA approximately 1 hour north of Baltimore, MD, and 30 minutes south of Harrisburg, PA. There are a little more than 1000 full-time students who attend the university. The Pennsylvania State University is a geographically dispersed university with campuses located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Most people only know of the flagship University Park campus.

Penn State-York teams participate as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The Nittany Lions are also a member of the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC). All members of PSUAC are Penn State Commonwealth campus with team nicknames such as Lions, Roaring Lions, and Nittany Lions. York's teams use the Nittany Lions name. It seems like it could get confusing at times.

Many people do not realize that York, Pennsylvania is rich in history as it was the first capital of the United States, the birthplace of the Articles of Confederation, and where the words “The United States of America” were first spoken.

We attended the venue during a men's and women's doubleheader and the images are from the women's action. The experience should be the same no matter what game you attend.

Food & Beverage 3

There is no permanent concession stand, although vending machines and a table selling simple food offerings for less than $5.

Atmosphere 3

The arena is a small gym that is similar to many high school gyms. Because of the small size, it can get loud pretty quickly depending on the game's action.

Neighborhood 3

Penn State York is located in York, Pennsylvania.  York, known as the White Rose City, is the county seat for York, Pennsylvania.  The college is located in the southern portion of York in an industrial portion of the city.  It has easy access to Interstate I-83.  York City hosts many attractions including the Harley-Davidson regional factory, a minor league baseball team named the York Revolution, the York Barbell Hall of Fame, and a vibrant downtown area including markets, museums, and music venues.

The city of York has only 43,000 residents;  you can see many of the sites in and around the city over a short period.  There are many historical sites to see such as the Bridge Diorama in Wrightsville, the Haldeman Mansion, and the Myers Mansion.  Also, in nearby Lancaster, you can visit the Strasburg railroad and Pennsylvania Amish attractions.

There are many quality places to eat in York, however, many are not within walking or close driving distance to the college.  The White Rose Bar and Grill is a popular choice among locals and is located in the downtown part of York.  Also, a 15-minute drive from the campus is Wyndridge Farms.  The restaurant contains a brewery and is located inside a renovated barn overlooking the York County countryside.

Fans 3

There were a decent number of fans in attendance and they were quite enthusiastic.  You are also likely to find a good number of fans of the opposing teams as many of the opposing schools are located close by.

Access 3

Penn State York is approximately two miles from Interstate 83 near South Queen Street. The Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center is located at the back of the campus off Albemarle Street.

Visitors should park in the Student Lot outside the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center.

Return on Investment 4

There is no cost to attend a game at Penn State-York and the parking is free. Even the sim ple concessions are cheap so the value is very good.


Extras 2

The gymnasium has nice windows where you can view some of the game from both the main floor as well as the floor above.

There is a nice display of Penn State-York's athletic history in the building's lobby.

Final Thoughts

The simple gymnasium at Penn State-York is a fun place to watch a game.

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