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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pegula Ice Arena in State College Pennsylvania

We love visiting State College and often times when we are visiting it is because we are taking in a Penn State hockey game or some other type of skating event at the Pegula Ice Arena.

The arena features two ice skating rinks...one main one and then a smaller community rink. The main arena will seat 5,782 people while the smaller community rink will hold about 300. It is a new arena that opened back in 2013...so its in pristine condition.

There is a small parking lot at the arena itself and they direct all overflow parking to the Bryce Jordan Center for big events. Every time we have attended either a varsity hockey game or an ice skating event at the arena...we have paid for parking. Just an FYI on that ($5.00 per car).

There are lines at some of the events we attend but those lines move very quickly. We have never waited more than 15 or 20 minutes to get in. As you walk around the arena to find your seating you will see panels on the wall featuring photos and information about Penn State and their teams/players, like the one shown above in the photo that I took.

As with all ice arenas...it is chilly inside. If you are going to sit and watch a game or skating event I highly suggest that you dress appropriately. I always take a light-sweater or jacket in with me. In addition, you can NOT bring in outside foods or beverages. The last time we were there (September) they weren't allowing big bags, backpacks, etc. through the doors either. We had to put a few personal belongings in a large plastic baggie and take them in that way. I don't know if it is like that for all events or not.

When we were last up there we attended the Musselman's Family Skating Event which featured professional and Olympic skaters in an ice show. This was the second year in a row that we've attended and really enjoyed it. Photo above shows Kristi Yamaguchi and Micheal Weiss who were hosts for the show.

They do offer food, snacks and refreshments for purchase. Just be forewarned, I found them to be pricey and some of the items were not very good...if you know what I mean. If possible, eat before you go!

You can visit this web site to learn more about the Pegula Ice Arena and for a schedule of upcoming events, hockey games and to get information on their public skating sessions.

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