"The Old Barn"
|Former names||Hershey Sports Arena (1936–1972)|
|Location||100 West Hersheypark Drive|
Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
|Operator||Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company|
|Hershey Bears (AHL) (1938–2002)|
Hershey Impact (NPSL) (1988–1991)
Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen (UCHC) (1998–present)
Hersheypark Arena (originally Hershey Sports Arena) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, managed by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company. The arena has a seating capacity, for hockey, of 7,286 people and in excess of 8,000, including standing room.
When built in 1936 as the Hershey Sports Arena, the building was the largest monolithic structure in the United States in which not a single seat suffered from an obstructed view. For 64 years it was the home of the Hershey Bears hockey team from 1938 to 2002. The second sport at the arena was basketball. It hosted the PIAA basketball and wrestling championships, and it also served as the home of the Hershey Impact, a National Professional Soccer League team from 1988 to 1991. It has also hosted the Ice Capades, Disney on Ice, professional boxing, tennis competitions, and the World Wrestling Federation's (WWF) In Your House 5 pay-per-view in 1995. Previously it hosted WWF's Saturday Night's Main Event III on October 31, 1985 (aired November 2) with the main event being a tag-team match featuring WWF Champion Hulk Hogan teaming with André the Giant facing the team of Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy.
On October 13, 1953, the arena also hosted an extravagant birthday celebration for President Dwight D. Eisenhower whose farm and "weekend White House" was located in nearby Gettysburg. Phish performed and recorded their show, on December 1, 1995, which was later released as a live album, entitled Live Phish 12.01.95.
On September 22, 2012, the arena played host to its only wedding. It was held at center ice.
|December 29, 1961||Philadelphia Warriors||123-118||Los Angeles Lakers||RS||5,000|
|January 26, 1962||Philadelphia Warriors||136-110||St. Louis Hawks||RS||4,473|
|March 4, 1962||Philadelphia Warriors||129-128||New York Knicks||RS||9,346|
On July 5, 2012, a fire damaged the arena, which was in the midst of refurbishment. At about 3:00 PM local time, the fire was upgraded to five alarms. The fire burned for about two hours before being extinguished. The roof was damaged, but reported to not be in danger of collapse. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Hersheypark Arena is the home rink for the Lebanon Valley College ice hockey team. LVC competes in NCAA Division III as of 2016, and previously competed in the ACHA. In addition, the arena hosts the Hershey Junior Bears, a youth team sponsored by the Bears organization. On most weekends during the fall and winter months, the rink is open to the public for ice skating.
Notes and references
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- Cooper, Bruce C. (April 7, 2002). "1936-2002: HERSHEYPARK ARENA'S SIXTY-SIX YEARS AS HOME TO HERSHEY BEARS HOCKEY". HockeyScoop.net. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
- Sennott, Stephen. Encyclopedia of 20th-century architecture: A-F. Volume 1 of Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture. Taylor & Francis, 2004. illustrated ed. ISBN 978-1-579-58433-7.
- Kemeny, Matthew (July 5, 2012). "Hersheypark Arena roof is on fire; firefighters have been battling blaze for hours". PennLive.com. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
- Hughes, Travis (July 5, 2012). "Hersheypark Arena Fire Contained By Firefighters, Damage Should Be 'Easy To Repair'". SB Nation. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
Hersheypark Arena caught fire Thursday afternoon, reaching five-alarms before several fire crews were able to contain the blaze
- "Fire erupts at Hersheypark Arena, site of 100-point game". CBSPhilly 3. Associated Press. July 5, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
- Viquez, Marc (6 December 2018). "Hersheypark Arena – Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchman". Stadium Journey. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
- "Festival Dates: Hersheypark Arena". Music in the Parks.