|Jess Desorcie and the Nittany Lions play their first Pegula Ice Arena game October 18th vs. Union|
Late Thursday afternoon, Penn State announced ticketing details for the women's team's first season at Pegula Ice Arena.
The major details aren't particularly startling, as they've been floating around since being published in a PIA ticket brochure last season: season tickets will cost $50 for all 17 regular season home games, while individual general admission tickets are $5. Penn State students will be admitted free of charge with a valid ID card.
While some might bemoan the fact that women's games now cost money after being entirely free last season in the Ice Pavilion, I support the move not only for the mild revenue bump but for the symbolism. Women's hockey games are something of value, and charging admission for them reinforces that idea.
Interestingly, while tickets will be general admission, seat selection will be limited to the side of the arena containing the team benches. Penn State averaged 238 fans per game last year, so forcing attendees to cluster in one area rather than spread all over the cavernous PIA lower bowl should help the game atmosphere and home ice advantage. Behind the scenes, it will allow staff to cut costs by shutting down services in half of the arena.
Tickets go on sale October 2nd, which is next Wednesday. The entire release follows.
With just three weeks to the first game at Pegula Ice Arena, Penn State women's hockey announced its season and individual ticket packages on Thursday, which will go on sale Oct. 2. Season tickets start at just $50 for all 17 games, while individual tickets are $5 for general admission. Penn State students are free to all games with valid ID.
Tickets to women's hockey games gain you entrance to the arena and seating will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis on the team bench side of the arena. Ticket purchases can be made over the phone (814-865-5555) or by visiting the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.).
The Penn State women open Pegula Ice Arena against Union (Oct. 18-19) a week following the men vs. Army (Oct. 11). The Nittany Lions host eight straight contests in October and November to christen the building. In all seven non-conference matchups dot the home calendar including visits from New Hampshire (Oct. 26-27), Maine (Nov. 30) and Colgate (Jan. 10-11).
The Nittany Lions host a slate of 10 home games against College Hockey America foes highlighted by a pair of contests against preseason No. 7 Mercyhurst (Feb. 15-16). Also visiting Pegula for the first time will be Robert Morris (Oct. 31-Nov. 1), Syracuse (Nov. 9-10), RIT (Jan. 31-Feb 1) and Lindenwood (Feb. 8-9).
Penn State moved into $90 million Pegula Ice Arena on Sept. 9 and full team practice began Sept. 21. The Nittany Lions open the 2013-14 season on the road with games at Vermont (Oct. 4-5) and Quinnipiac (Oct. 11-12). The Nittany Lions return 24 letter winners, 98.6 percent of their scoring and all three goaltenders.