Penn State’s Pegula Arena ready to shine

Three weeks after its official opening and dedication, Pegula Ice Arena will already be in the national spotlight.

The 200,000-square-foot, 5,782-seat arena will host Musselman’s Applesauce Family Skating Tribute at 5 p.m. on Nov. 3.

“There are so many skaters, figure skating and hockey families, in the community that are going to love this show,” said Mike Wierzbicki, marking manager of the arena. “The coverage for Penn State at a national-level, hosting a show of this caliber, is such a tremendous opportunity for the development of the new arena.”

In conjunction with the Family Skating Tribute, Pegula Ice Arena will be hosting a United States Figure Skating SkateFest from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 1.

“U.S. Figure Skating SkateFests are designed to help generate excitement about skating in the local area, encourage people of all ages to skate for fun, participate in a free lesson, and have a chance to meet our elite celebrity athletes,” said Beth Eckert, chair of the SkateFest and a member of the ice rink’s pro staff. “People who attend also take home some fun U.S. Figure Skating souvenirs and learn about ways to get involved with the local programming.”

The Skatefest will feature two 45-minute sessions. Each session includes a half-hour group lesson and a 15-minute free-skate. During the lesson, guest skaters will offer advice and encouragement. The participating skaters have not been announced.

The arena’s two ice surfaces – a main rink – and a community rink, will allow for more figure skating and hockey programs than in the past. The premier venue is also home to the Penn State Icers and the women’s ice hockey teams.

Pegula Ice Arena is the product of an $88 million donation from Terry and Kim Pegula – the single largest gift in Penn State history.

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