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Recreation Building

Officially known as the Recreation Building, Rec Hall is the popular name for this historic facility. From its construction in 1929 until the opening of the Bryce Jordan Center in 1996, Rec Hall was Penn State’s primary arena for athletic contests, entertainment events, guest speakers, commencement ceremonies, and other public gatherings. Enlarged and renovated several times, Rec Hall continues to be a popular venue for many intercollegiate sporting events, such as wrestling and gymnastics, as well as for intramural athletics and physical education classes, and still hosts visits to campus by major public figures. Older alumni remember it as the place where they registered for classes at the start of each semester.