Hersheypark Stadium

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Hersheypark Stadium
Hersheypark Stadium.svg
Former namesHershey Sports Stadium
LocationHershey, Pennsylvania
OwnerHershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
OperatorHershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
Capacity15,641 Soccer & Football
30,000 Concerts
SurfaceA-Turf Premier XP
Construction
Broke ground1937
Built1937-1939
OpenedMay 18, 1939 (1939-05-18)[1]
Expanded1940
Construction cost$1,500,000[1]
Tenants
Hershey Wildcats (A-League) (1997–2001)
Hershey FC (NPSL) (2013–present)

Hersheypark Stadium is a stadium located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on the grounds of Hersheypark. It opened on May 18, 1939.

It is used as a sporting facility, concert venue and location for various other large functions (including a birthday gala for President Dwight D. Eisenhower). In addition, it hosted the 2004 Presidential Race Campaign stop for President George W. Bush.

It also hosts the Cavalcade of Bands and Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship marching band competitions, every November.

The stadium hosted the final round of the 2000 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament for the 2000 Sydney Olympics soccer competition.[2] Two berths were afforded for the Olympics for CONCACAF members, and the United States and Honduras qualified by winning their semifinal matches in the qualification tournament.[3] The stadium has hosted the U.S. men's national senior team on one occasion, a 3-1 victory over Poland on May 9, 1990.

Ice Hockey[edit]

Hersheypark Stadium hosted the fourth annual AHL Outdoor Classic in 2013, with the local Hershey Bears facing the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The "Baby Pens" defeated the Bears in front of a capacity crowd of 17,311 fans by a score of 2-1.[4]

Date Away Team Score Home Team Attendance
January 20, 2013 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 (OT) Hershey Bears 17,311
January 20, 2018 Lehigh Valley Phantoms 5–2 Hershey Bears 13,091

Events[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hershey Stadium To Be Opened Next Thursday". The Gettysburg Times. May 13, 1939. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Hershey To Host Olympic Soccer Qualifying The Concacaf Region Tournament Will Be Played In April. The United States Is An Automatic Entry. - Philly.com". Articles.philly.com. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  3. ^ "Olympic qualifying: U.S. advances to semis after tying Canada 0-0". Soccertimes.com. 2000-04-30. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  4. ^ Mace, Gregg. "Bears lose Outdoor Classic - abc27 WHTM". Abc27.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  5. ^ "Hersheypark Stadium Events - Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey PA". www.hersheyparkstadium.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Hersheypark Stadium Events - Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey PA". www.hersheyparkstadium.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 40°17′24″N 76°39′29″W / 40.29012°N 76.658134°W / 40.29012; -76.658134