Penn State makes it official

Penn State made an announcement at 10:30 a.m. Friday (CDT) in University Park, Pa., that it will add varsity men’s and women’s hockey starting in 2012-13.

The school has a press release with Penn State President Graham Spanier announcing to the Board of Trustees the largest private gift in the University’s history — $88 million from Terrence M. and Kim Pegula to fund a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose arena and help to establish an NCAA Division I men’s hockey program. The gift paves the way for the creation of a Division I women’s ice hockey program and enhanced figure skating opportunities.

The varsity hockey teams at Penn State are to begin play in 2012-13 and the new building is to open in December 2013. The complete release is here.

And the release on the gift for the new rink is here.

And early blog analysis of the Penn State move is here.

U.S. College Hockey Online has a look at this development here.