Sited on a tight slope within view of other Penn State landmarks, the 1,400-seat Panzer Lacrosse Stadium serves as one of the top lacrosse facilities in the nation. Curving, fully accessible walkways that align with site contours, walls and plantings ground the structure into the topography, leading spectators into the new stadium. The sloping terrain helped to provide a natural outdoor stadium bowl. A multipurpose outdoor patio provides elevated viewing opportunities and offers the flexibility for the facility to host campus events.
A goal of the project was to enhance the lacrosse program’s profile. A large press box with full broadcasting capabilities for television and radio, including Big Ten Network and ESPN coverage, was considered a critical component. The facility enables the school to host both conference tournaments and to serve as a site for preliminary rounds of NCAA championship events, which in turn helps to support Penn State’s efforts for student-athlete recruitment and retention.
High-impact custom graphic perforated metal panels project key branding moments and designate the main entry of the stadium. Brick, metal, stone and glass building materials were employed to fit Panzer Lacrosse Stadium into context. The facility joins other facilities such as Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center, Pegula Ice Arena and the Multi-Sport Facility to provide an iconic athletics campus.