About the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

  • The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC) opened in March 2011 and is located on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) along Wayne Avenue. 

    Interior  view in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

    The facility is a 148,500-square-foot complex and offers multi-use adaptable spaces, including the 5,000-seat Ed Fry Arena, the 630-seat Toretti Auditorium, the 17,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Conference Center with multiple breakout rooms, and the 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 capabilities.

    Groundbreaking ceremonies for Kovalchick Complex took place November 13, 2008, and included an announcement of a challenge grant of $1 million for the facility from IUP graduate Chad Hurley, cofounder of YouTube, in honor of IUP music professor and track and field coach Ed Fry. The arena portion of 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.

    The facility houses the following:

    • 5,000-seat Ed Fry Arena
    • 630-seat Toretti Auditorium
    • 17,000 square feet of conference space, divided into nine rooms
    • 6,000-square-foot corporate training and executive conference center

    The ideal venue for concerts, family shows, sporting events, conferences, conventions, trade shows, corporate seminars, and much more, 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, IUP selected Global Spectrum in July 2009 as the facility management and marketing firm for Kovalchick Complex. Global Spectrum manages more than 125 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 24 million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor, which operates in 48 of the 50 U.S. states, also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider; Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising, and marketing technology solutions; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

    Find more information on the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex main website.