Kovalchick Complex Welcomes One-Millionth Patron

Posted on 4/2/2018 11:04:20 AM

On April 26, IUP's Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex welcomed its one-millionth patron since opening in its doors on March 4, 2011.

The complex serves a regional population in western Pennsylvania from its location on the campus of IUP adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn. The Kovalchick Complex’s diverse programming and ticketed events have helped to draw visitors to Indiana, Pennsylvania, from across the globe.

To mark the occasion, the lucky one-millionth patron, Frank Vitarelli, of Reynoldsville, and his son Louis Vitarelli, were welcomed by IUP and KCAC representatives with confetti, balloons, and celebration. Vitarelli had just decided to purchase tickets earlier that afternoon to attend with his son, who really wanted to see the WWE Live event occurring that evening.

They received an exciting celebration and prize pack including two tickets to all KCAC ticketed events and free event parking for one year. Also, he received two season tickets for IUP football and IUP basketball, a $50 food voucher courtesy of Aramark to be used at the venue’s concession stands, and a one-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Indiana. Frank and his son also got the opportunity to go backstage and meet with WWE wrestler Sin Cara and were relocated to upgraded seats compliments of the WWE Live tour.

“I was proud to be a part of the exciting celebration of our one-millionth patron,” said Sam Phillips, IUP assistant vice president for Administration. “This is an incredible milestone for any facility, and to achieve this in less than 10 years of operation is just incredible. It's truly a testament to the hard work of the Kovalchick Complex staff and management, as well as reflection of the support from our partners and our patrons.

“Since day one, the Kovalchick Complex has been fully embraced by our community and our community leaders, by our region, and by our commonwealth as the venue of choice for entertainment, for athletics, for business, for meetings, and for landmark events. With this support, we are realizing the original vision for the facility: to serve as an economic driver for our community and the region’s premiere destination for conference, entertainment, and athletic events. We thank all who have supported the Kovalchick Complex in the past and look forward to even greater success in the future.”

An ideal venue for concerts, family shows, conferences, trade shows, sporting events, seminars, and much, much, more, the KCAC has hosted over 150,000 patrons and 350 events annually in the Ed Fry Arena, Torretti Auditorium, and the Conference Center.

“Great achievement defines and raises the aspiration of a community,” said Andrew Thompson, general manager of the KCAC. “We’re delighted that the KCAC has reached this important landmark, by providing a space for all our visitors to come together, be inspired and connect around the great events and entertainment we have here in Indiana.”

The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex received recognition this year by the NCAA as one of the best Division II arenas for fan experience. The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and NAIOP also named the Kovalchick Complex one of the 12 game-changing regional economic developments for western Pennsylvania in the past 25 years.

Recent events have also contributed to growth in visitation at the KCAC. This past fall, the Kovalchick Complex hosted its busiest event season in KCAC history. It kicked-off the 2017–18 fall season with a Lil Uzi Vert concert, which was sold out and the largest concert ever in the venue’s history. Throughout the fall the KCAC hosted national touring events like Aaron Lewis, Crowder, Rodney Carrington, and the Beach Boys. From October through December, the Complex hosted 85 events with an estimated 30,000 guests visiting the facility. In recent weeks, Menopause the Musical, part of the Live on Pratt Series in Torretti Auditorium, played to two sold-out audiences.