Positioned within view of Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center, Pegula Ice Arena and the Multi-Sport Facility, Panzer Stadium has joined these iconic Penn State landmarks in creating the athletics campus.
Located on a tight sloping site, the goal of the Panzer Stadium project was to create one of the top lacrosse facilities in the nation and enable the school to host events such as the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Championship preliminary rounds — which would contribute to the lacrosse program’s recruitment and retention efforts. A large press box with full broadcasting capabilities for television and radio was considered a critical component to further enhance the program.
After the new lacrosse turf field replacement was repositioned on the flattest portion of the site, the new stadium building was conceived to take advantage of the corner site’s existing sloped terrain for integrating various types of spectator seating into the landscape. This also worked favorably to create a natural outdoor stadium bowl, helping to capture the competition’s energy.
High-impact graphic custom perforated metal panels project key branding moments and designate the main entry of the stadium. The brick, metal, stone and glass building materials all work within the athletic campus context and extend out to the landscape.