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The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, located along Wayne Avenue adjacent to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus, is a one hundred forty eight thousand five hundred (148,500) square-foot facility that offers multi-use adaptable space in the five thousand (5,000) seat Ed Fry Arena, the six hundred thirty (630) seat Toretti Auditorium, the seventeen thousand (17,000) square-foot state of the art Conference Center with multiple breakout rooms, and the six thousand (6,000) square foot Corporate Training and Executive Conference Center. Included in the Conference Center is a fully equipped E-Conference Room with videoconferencing as well as teleconferencing capability.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Kovalchick Complex took place November 13, 2008, and included an announcement of a challenge grant for $1 million for the facility from Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, in honor of Indiana University of Pennsylvania music professor and track and field coach Ed Fry. The arena portion of the Kovalchick Complex is named after Fry in honor of Hurley's gift. The Ed Fry Arena will be home to the IUP Men's and Women's Basketball teams and the IUP Women's Volleyball Team, a wide variety of concerts, family shows, trade shows, and much more.
The complex is named in honor of the Kovalchick Family, of Indiana, PA, who donated $2 million for the facility's construction.
An ideal venue for concerts, family shows, sporting events, conferences, conventions, trade shows, corporate seminars and much more, the Kovalchick Complex is projected to have a $22 million economic impact on the region during construction and an annual economic impact of $12.5 million in each year of operation.
While owned by Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in July of 2009, IUP selected Global Spectrum as the facility management and marketing firm for the Kovalchick Complex. Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor, is the fastest growing firm in the public assembly facility management field with more than ninety (90) facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The Philadelphia based company is part of one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies, Comcast-Spectacor, which owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks, Ovations Food Services; a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets; a full-service ticketing product, Front Row Marketing Services; a commercial rights sales company, and Paciolan; the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.