Hersheypark Stadium

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Hersheypark Stadium
Hersheypark Stadium.svg
Former names Hershey Sports Stadium
Location Hershey, Pennsylvania
Owner Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
Operator Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
Capacity 15,641 Soccer & Football
30,000 Concerts
Surface A-Turf Premier XP
Broke ground 1937
Built 1937-1939
Opened May 18, 1939 (1939-05-18)[1]
Expanded 1940
Construction cost $1,500,000[1]
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 CONCACAF nations qualifying tournament in men's soccer for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.[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]

2013 AHL Outdoor Classic[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]


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  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. ^ http://www.hersheyparkstadium.com/event_schedule_detail.php?id=13798
  6. ^ http://www.hersheyparkstadium.com/event_schedule_detail.php?id=13799

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