University Not Quite Ready to Get Back to Academics After Horrific Scandal in Football Program
But for those worried that the
Sandusky tragedy would affect ’s
commitment to sports need not fear. The University
opened a fabulous new hockey arena. Penn State
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The 5,782-seat Pegula Ice Arena, which has 14 luxury suites and 525 club seats, was designed to maximize
advantage. During the planning stage, Pegula told Battista that one of his
goals was to build “the most rocking arena in college hockey.” The low, flat
ceiling lined with sheet metal magnifies the crowd noise. Penn
“I want it to be so loud in there, it sounds like a little child inside a tin can with a hammer,” said Pegula, who also owns the N.H.L.’s
The Pegula gentleman named is the person who provided the money for the arena, so at least no public funding was involved here, although it is likely that if one were to delve deeply into the project one would find at least indirect financial support from the state of Pennsylvania and from money from the school that could have been used on frivolous stuff, like education.
But there is good news, so far there has been no revelations about hockey coaches abusing young children in the hockey arena.