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. In honor of Hurley’s gift; the Arena was named after Fry. The complex is named in honor of the Kovalchick Family, of Indiana, PA, who donated $2 million for the facility’s construction.
While owned by Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), IUP selected OVG Facilities to manage the daily operations of the Kovalchick Complex. Oak View Group Facilities, (OVG Facilities) a division of the Oak View Group, was founded in 2015 by Irving Azoff, Tim Leiweke, with Madison Square Garden Entertainment is a full-service venue management company. They operate and book arenas, theaters, convention centers, and amphitheaters throughout the U.S. delivering customized management plans for each of their venues. OVG Facilities specializes in event programming, booking services and creating unique experiences that focus on delivering premium content to enhance the guest’s experience.