Thursday, September 26, 2013

Penn State's Shiny, New Pegula Arena

I don't write much about hockey here, but I'm thinking that might have to change with the Big Ten hockey conference's inaugural season. I wrote a bit about the BTN schedule and my excitement for B1G hockey not too long ago. Another update on the hockey front: Penn State's new hockey arena--named after Buffalo Sabres owner and Penn State alumnus Terry Pegula, whose $102 million donation helped make the arena possible--was showed off to the media on Wednesday, 15 days before the first game in the new arena.

Based on this Centre Daily Times article's accompanying picture, I have to say, that looks [Larry David voice] pretty, pretty, pretty good. Then again, for over $100 million, I would certainly hope so.

Excitement seems to be high for PSU hockey in University Park:
The main arena will have an official capacity of 6,014, including 233 standing-room-only tickets. 
The most impressive number Battista gave Wednesday, with a lot of eye-popping numbers mentioned, was that a mere 22 men’s hockey season tickets remain unsold — and they are single seats scattered around the arena. In addition to seats in the main bowl, all 14 suites have been spoken for, all 98 loge seats are gone and all 525 club seats are sold. 
All that remains, in addition to the 22 open seats and 233 standing-room spots, are 200 seats which will be held for single-game sale and visiting team needs. 
The opening game is an even hotter ticket — seats are up for sale on StubHub for as much as $325, and Penn State is already turning down seat requests.
Whether the Nittany Lions can avoid the basement of the Big Ten this season is another issue entirely; either way, if you're a dedicated college hockey fan, a trip to Pegula Arena this season is probably in order.

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