Bryce Jordan Center

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Bryce Jordan Center
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Location 127 Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, PA 16802
Coordinates 40°48′32″N 77°51′21″W / 40.80889°N 77.85583°W / 40.80889; -77.85583Coordinates: 40°48′32″N 77°51′21″W / 40.80889°N 77.85583°W / 40.80889; -77.85583
Broke ground April 7, 1993
Opened January 11, 1996 (1996-01-11)
Owner Pennsylvania State University
Operator Pennsylvania State University
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $52,762,000
($79.3 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Rosser International Inc.
General contractor Gilbane Building Company[2]
Capacity Basketball: 15,261
Concerts: 16,000+
Tenants
Penn State Nittany Lion Mens' basketball (1996–present)
Penn State Lady Lions basketball (1996–present)

Bryce Jordan Center is a 15,261-seat multi-purpose arena in University Park, Pennsylvania, United States. The arena opened in 1995 and is the largest such venue between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It replaced Rec Hall as the home to the Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions men's and women's basketball team, the Pride of the Lions Pep Band, and for the men, its student section, Nittany Nation. It also plays host to a number of events such as music concerts, circuses, and commencement ceremonies for colleges within the university. The arena is named after former Penn State University president Bryce Jordan who was instrumental in acquiring the funding needed to build it. The arena is associated with the Arena Network, a marketing and scheduling group of 38 arenas.[3]

Location and layout[edit]

The arena is located across the street from Beaver Stadium on Curtin Road, on the eastern part of the campus. This part of campus is home to many of the school's athletic facilities, including the recently built Medlar Field at Lubrano Park baseball facility and Jeffrey Field soccer stadium. There is a large electronic display outside the arena which provides advertisements for future events. The university also recently contracted with ANC Sports to install over 900 feet of LED ribbon board signage to be used for sponsor advertisements and game prompts.[4]

Operations[edit]

Although located on University Park campus, Arena Network controls all operations at the arena. Penn State pays rent to use the facility for athletic and other events, and is not always given access. [5]

Notable events[edit]

It hosts numerous concerts and World Wrestling Entertainment events, including RAW.

Parts of Aerosmith's 1998 live album, A Little South of Sanity, were recorded at the Bryce Jordan Center. Lead singer Steven Tyler can be heard yelling "State College" out to the audience in order to rile them up during "Love in an Elevator".

The music video for The Backstreet Boys' 2000 hit, "The One", was filmed at the arena.

Tina Turner was scheduled to perform during her Twenty Four Seven Tour on September 29, 2000, but the show was cancelled, due to scheduling conflicts.

Britney Spears played a concert in 2001 as part of her Dream Within a Dream Tour. Some performances were taped with a new technology, at the time, called First-person shooter engine and were released as bonus videos in her video game "Britney's Dance Beat", for Playstation 2.

On May 3, 2003, Pearl Jam played their longest concert (up to that point) at the venue.

The arena played host to the politically motivated Vote for Change Tour on October 1, 2004, featuring performances by My Morning Jacket, Jurassic 5, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and The Dave Matthews Band.[6]

In March 2006, the arena hosted first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship. The arena also hosts the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Basketball Championships on a yearly basis.[7]

In 2007, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, commonly known as THON, was moved to the Bryce Jordan Center.[8] The event, designed to raise money to fight pediatric cancer, raises millions of dollars every year.

On October 13, 2008, it played host to Change Rocks: A Concert to Benefit Obama, among guests playing included The Allman Brothers Band and Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, all four of whom were members of The Grateful Dead.

In March 2013, Lady Gaga was to take her Born This Way Ball Tour to the Bryce Jordan Center, however, the date was ultimately cancelled due to the singer needing hip surgery.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Caldwell, Hope (August 29, 1995). "Bryce Jordan Center on Track for Nov. 28 Opening". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Coploff, Reid (April 23, 2004). "Backstage at the BJC". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). Archived from the original on May 17, 2004. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jones, David (July 23, 2008). "New Message Ribbons at Beav, Jordan Center". The Patriot-News (Harrisburg). Retrieved July 24, 2008. 
  5. ^ O'Neil, Dana (February 18, 2011). "Some Things Never Change at Penn State". ESPN. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2004 Setlists". Backstreets Magazine. July 17, 2004. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center Awarded 2007 & 2008 PIAA Basketball Championships" (Press release). Penn State Athletics. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on June 29, 2006. Retrieved May 27, 2006. 
  8. ^ Pritchett, Mollie (February 16, 2007). "BJC to See First THON". The Daily Collegian (Penn State). Retrieved February 22, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Lady Gaga Concert at Bryce Jordan Center Canceled". Penn State University. February 14, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 

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