INDIANA, Pa. (KDKA) — Indiana University of Pennsylvania celebrated the opening of its new athletic center today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The $79 million Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Center has been in the works for more than 10 years.
“It’s exciting for the community, both the university community and the Indiana community in the region,” said David Werner, IUP’s president. “This is a community project, not just an IUP project.”
It features a 5,000 seat arena, complete with a state-of-the-art scoreboard and luxury suites.
In the upstairs lobby, it has an extensive concession area and a wall featuring IUP’s Hall of Fame athletes.
On the other side of the building are 17,000 square feet of conference facilities, including an auditorium and e-conferencing room.
The building is named for the Kovalchick family of Indiana who donated more than $2 million to make it happen.