|Former names||Hershey Sports Arena|
|Operator||Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company|
|Hershey Bears (AHL) (1936-2002)
Hershey Impact (NPSL) (1988-1991)
Lebanon Valley College ice hockey (ACHA Div. I) (1998-present)
Shippensburg University ice hockey (ACHA Div. III) (19??-present)
Hersheypark Arena (originally Hershey Sports Arena) is a multi-purpose indoor arena, located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The arena has a seating capacity, for hockey, of 7,286 people and in excess of 8,000, including standing room. Built in 1936, it was originally known as the Hershey Sports Arena. Its roof was the largest concrete shell in the world at that time.
It was home to the Hershey Bears, of the AHL, who moved to the Giant Center in 2002, but still use it as their practice facility. It also played host to some NHL exhibition games and hosted 18 Calder Cup finals and three AHL All-Star games. Today, it is the home rink for the Lebanon Valley College and the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania ice hockey teams, as well as the Hershey JR 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.
The second sport at the arena was basketball. On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain recorded a record-setting 100 points in a NBA game against the New York Knicks, a record that still stands today.
Annually, it hosts part of the Music in the Parks competition. It has also hosted the Ice Capades, Disney on Ice, professional boxing, tennis competitions, and the fifth WWF In Your House pay-per-view in 1995. Previously it hosted the third ever WWF Saturday Night's Main Event 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 5 July 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.
Notes and references
- The Hershey Bears currently use the arena as their practice facility.
- Hershey Sports Arena: 1936-2002
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- twitter.com/dustinhostetter. "Hersheypark Arena roof is on fire; firefighters have been battling blaze for hours". PennLive.com. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
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- Hersheypark Arena Official Website
- Hershey Bears Official Website
- Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchmen Ice Hockey
- Shippensburg University Raiders Ice Hockey
- "1936-2002: HersheyPark Arena's Sixty-Six Years as Home to Hershey Bears Hockey"
- "The 1938-39 Philadelphia-Hershey Hockey Wars"