A twin-rink project financed by Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is set to open this September and host its first hockey game this fall.
No, not the $172.2 million HarborCenter in downtown Buffalo, but the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pa., home of Pegula’s alma mater, Penn State.
Pegula last year donated $100 million to Penn State to develop the 6,000-seat rink that will house the university’s Division I hockey program.
Much like the HarborCenter, the complex features two rinks, including the 6,000-seat venue and a smaller one designed for junior hockey skates, community programs and intramural programs. The Pegula Ice Arena is being constructed by Pittsburgh-based Mortenson Construction Co., the same firm that’s building HarborCenter.
At Pegula’s request, 1,000 seats have been allocated for Penn State students. They are directly behind the net where the visiting goalie will defend during the first and third periods.
Other amenities include a 5,200-square-foot weight room, luxury suites and a seating area designated for NHL scouts.
The Pegula Ice Arena will host its first hockey game on Oct. 11 when Penn State hosts Army.
As for HarborCenter, the downtown Buffalo venue is slated to open in September 2014.
Besides the twin rinks, HarborCenter will house a 200-room hotel, a sports bar and other amenities.