Panzer Lacrosse Stadium
The challenge of this project was to create a 1,400-seat lacrosse stadium on a tight sloping site that would serve as one of the top lacrosse facilities in the nation. The goal was to enable Intercollegiate Athletes to host a variety of events, including the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA championship preliminary rounds, which would better position Penn State for recruitment and retention.
Year of Completion
In addition to the typical stadium support program, i.e. ticket box office, concessions, restrooms, storage, viewing platform, etc.; a large press box with full broadcasting capabilities for television and radio, Big Ten Network facilities and ESPN coverage was considered a critical component to further enhance the Penn State lacrosse program.
The two-story, low building form aligns midway down the sloped terrain, just behind the stadium seating outdoor concourse, maximizing viewing and camera angles for the press box. The building’s metal roof pavilion structure, fully visible from the main intersection, slopes up toward the field of competition and the iconic Nittany Mountains. Elevated viewing multipurpose outdoor patio offers flexibility for campus events, VIP seating, additional filming, as well as coaching platforms during practices.
High-impact graphic custom perforated metal panels project key branding moments to 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 in the landscape.