Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena opens to media

The stick racks are filled, jerseys and skates hang in the lockers, office desks are cluttered with paper, and people are skating around the ice.

Penn State’s newest sports facility, the $90 million Pegula Ice Arena, is nearly ready for its debut.

A tour was given to the media Wednesday afternoon, showing off details big and small, from the name plates from donors on lockers to the compressor units for the ice to the view of the rink from the suite of benefactors Terry and Kim Pegula.

It was an $88 million gift from the couple, and later an additional $14 million, in 2010 that made the rink and the elevation of the Nittany Lion men’s and women’s programs to Division I status possible.

The arena will officially be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11, with the first game at 8 p.m. that day against Army.