The 228,000-SF facility features a 6,000-seat main arena, including a 1,000-seat student section, with an NHL regulation-size ice rink. New locker rooms, weight room, offices and training spaces serve the Penn State men’s and women’s ice hockey teams. A second NHL regulation-size rink with 300 seats operates nearly 24 hours a day for practice and tournament use by community and youth hockey leagues and figure skaters.
An operating system with industrial-grade programmable logic controllers runs the automated plant to maintain the 1.5-inch-thick ice sheets, simultaneously monitoring, via infrared sensors in the ceiling, ice temperature, water, glycol and ammonia levels, as well as the arena’s humidity level. The advanced operating system has the ability to maintain the two ice surfaces at different temperatures to provide warmer ice for figure skating in the community rink and colder ice for varsity hockey in the main arena.