Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
|Location||2300 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
|Owner||Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture|
|Capacity||7,600 (Large Arena)|
|Harrisburg Heat (NPSL/MISL) (1991–2003)
Harrisburg Hammerheads (CBA) (1994–1995)
Harrisburg Stampede (AIFA)/(SIFL)/(AIF) (2009–2013)
Harrisburg Heat (MASL) (2012-present)
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center is a large exhibition center and indoor arena in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is primarily used for concerts, agricultural exhibitions, the Pennsylvania Farm Show, and indoor football. The complex also hosts more than 200 other exhibits and trade shows every year. The Farm Show Complex is 60 acres (240,000 m2), houses 24 acres (97,000 m2) under roof, spread throughout 11 buildings including three arenas.
The complex consists of the following components:
- Main Hall, 146,527 square feet (13,612.8 m2), built in 1931
- Exposition Hall, 172,000 square feet (16,000 m2) built in 1939
- Large Arena, 28,000 square feet (2,600 m2) at floor, 7318 seats, completed in 1939
- Equine Arena, 39,200 square feet (3,640 m2) at floor, 1660 seats
- Sale Arena, 4,000 square feet (370 m2) at floor, 918 seats
The North, Northeast, Northwest and West Halls add another 187,600 square feet (17,430 m2) of space. A large equine barn serves the Equine Arena.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center hosted the Harrisburg Heat of the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1991–2003, and the Harrisburg Hammerheads of the Continental Basketball Association from 1994-1995. In 2009, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center began hosting the Harrisburg Stampede of the American Indoor Football Association, continuing to do so until 2013 after which the team joined the Professional Indoor Football League and moved to the Giant Center in nearby Hershey. In 2012, the new Harrisburg Heat of the Major Arena Soccer League returned to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center to play their home games in the Equine Arena. The team will return to the Large Arena beginning with its 2014–15 season.
Annual events held at the Farm Show Complex
- Pennsylvania Farm Show (January), largest indoor agricultural event held in the United States
- Pennsylvania Auto Show (January)
- Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show (February), largest outdoor hunting and fishing event in North America
- Pennsylvania National Horse Show (October)
- 2010 Farm Show facts and figures Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, accessed April 25, 2010.
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