The Giant Center is home to both the Hershey Bears minor league hockey team and the PIAA state basketball championships.
The Giant Center
is most commonly known for being the home of the Hershey Bears Hockey
League but it also offers much more.
Center is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Construction on the Giant Center started on November 8th,
2000. The grand opening of the Giant Center was on September 3rd,
2002. The Giant Center is the home of the Hershey Bears hockey team.The Hershey Bears hold the American
Hockey League record for having the highest number of people attend
their games since 2006.
One of the most
popular aspect of the old center is that there was a
good view from every seat in the old arena and the owners insisted on
keeping that view by putting it in the new center. The old
building was redesigned for many reasons, but mainly because it was 66 years old and many aspects were out of date. A second reason was the seating in the center.
The seating in the center did not have premium seats for the fans and
concert goers. Another reason was that there were not that many
places to get food or drinks. One last reason was that there was
not that many opportunities for the sponsor to advertise.
The new arena was given the
name Hershey Giant Cente, because Giant Food Stores,
LLC in Middlesex Township and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co.
made an agreement that the Giant Food Stores LLC will get to keep the
name for 10 years. The food store has done several other deals with
Hershey. One of those other deals include a program with discounted
tickets to get into Hershey Park. Derry Township Industrial and Commercial Development
Authority owns Giant Center which is managed by Hershey Resorts.
The Hunt Construction Group
were the construction team that built the Giant Center which has
its main office in Indianapolis Indiana. They have been involved in
many other building projects such as airports, casinos,educational
buildings, government buildings, and other sporting arena around the
country. The Hunt Construction Group started work on the new stadium on November 8,
2000. In the end, the cost of the construction was 65 million
dollars for the Hershey Giant Center. It also cost an additional 95
million dollars to build the roads, parking lot, and infrastructure.
The HOK Sport+
Venue+Event located in Kansas City designed the Giant Center. They
have changed their named to Populous but are still well known for
their designs. HOK have also designed
buildings of all kinds around the world such as in Brisbane,China,
and London. They have also built structures throughout the United
States designing buildings with state of the art design and ideas
such as retractable ceilings, and club seating, and much more
The inside of the
center is perfect for all kinds of events. The Hershey Giant Center
has 10,500 seats. There are 7,700 seats in the lower level and suite
area. In the upper level there are 2,800 seats for a total of 10,500
seats in all. There are 40 luxury seats in the Giant Center and
there are also 688club seats for the comfort of the fans. The center
also has wheelchair and companion seating on all levels of the center
for people who need it. The giant center is 306,000 total square
feet in the main arena , 100 feet from ice to ceiling, and
17,000square feet floor area, and the ice rink measures 85'x200'.
According to that same article, in the middle of the Hershey Giant
Center there is a new HD Scoreboard, Score Board ring display, and
LED Standings Board.. The scoreboard had 4 one of a kind cinvex
curved LED video displays which measure about 13.5'high by 24' wide
with 6 millimeter line spacing. The Scoreboard Ring Display is 3'high
with a circumference of 94.5' with 10 millimeter line spacing. The
LED Standings Board is 13.5'by 31' wide also with 10 millimeter line
spacing for easy reading. Also according to the online article, HOK
Fills a Tall Order in Hershey by Steve Cameron in Sports Business
Daily/ Sports Business Journal, the HOK team built a way for
everyone to have a good view while at the Center. They were able to
build their very first a one of kind steep bowl in the middle of the
Giant Center. According to the article, the steepest that the
company has ever done.
Governor Tom Ridge
was one politician that was in support of the Hershey Giant Center, supporting a plan for tax payers to contribute 25 million dollars for the Hershey Giant
Center in 1999. However, Derry Township does get back some
of the benefits of the Giant Center. Derry Township gets back 10
percent of all the money that people pay to park their cars when they
go to the Center which is about 60 cents per car. Also the Derry
school district gets a share of the 65 cent per ticket tax. There
is also an agreement that The Hershey Bears also pay the township's
industrial and commercial development authority, the building's
owner, who keeps all of the revenue that is left over.
Giant Center is not only an amazing place to watch hockey and several
different PIAA high school state championships it is also a great
place to see many other events. There are events for people of all ages at
the Giant Center all year long. Children can enjoy watching Disney
On Ice and The Harlem Globe Trotters. People of all ages can enjoy
concerts such as The Trans Siberian Orchestra and Tim McGraw and
Faith Hill. People can also go to the Giant Center to see WWE
Wrestling and comedian acts such as Jeff Dunham.
There had been
some very famous people that have performed and spoke at the Giant
Center. Some of those most famous people that have performed
concerts that were held at the Giant Center was Cher who
performed the first concert at the Center . Also, President Donald Trump visited a packed Hershey Giant
Center last December for a political victory rally.
Center is a state of the art arena for all types of fans. It has a
lot of offer the people that attend events there.