"I felt we made a mistake in building a baseball field. I thought that should have been the ice skating rink, because I think hockey in this state right now, not just hockey, but ice skating, if you come up to our office building at 6:00 in the morning, some mornings you can't get a parking spot because parents have taken their kids up here to skate...I think hockey will be a great addition to our intercollegiate program. [The Pegula gift] is a great, great gift. And I think very far-sighted and I'm really pleased with it." - Joe Paterno

Sunday, January 6, 2013

PIA Construction: January 5, 2013

Eleventh in an occasional series tracking Pegula Ice Arena construction (February 7, 2012 / March 27, 2012 / April 10, 2012 / May 20, 2012 / June 15, 2012 / June 27, 2012 / July 20, 2012 / August 21, 2012 / September 11, 2012 / November 11, 2012).

Because I'm still holding out hope of an eventual tour invite, I'm playing nice and not breaking into the site. Still, the progress on the exterior over the last couple months is eye-popping enough to hold me over for now. I actually took a significantly smaller number of photos than usual, just because so little is left to the imagination these days.

As always, click to enlarge (hey, the one time I don't mention it...).

The main entrance area is one of the only significant portions of the exterior not yet enclosed:


Here are a couple looks at the side nearest Curtin Road:



The architecture of the community rink side is more... uhhh... utilitarian:



Circling back to the more attractive front side, on University Drive:



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