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GIANT CENTER is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
, a census-designated place in the Harrisburg metropolitan area. It is home to the Hershey Bears ice hockey team, the longest-existing member of the American Hockey League since 1938. Giant Center
Giant Center
replaced the Hersheypark Arena
Arena
as the Bears' home venue in 2002.

Giant Center
Giant Center
is owned by the Derry Township Industrial and Commercial Development Authority, as much of the money for its construction was provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
. It is operated by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company , with the naming rights owned by the Giant-Carlisle
Giant-Carlisle
grocery store chain based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
.

The GIANT Center has 7,700 seats in the Lower Level and 2,800 seats in the Upper Level. The arena also has 688 Club Seats and 40 Luxury Suites. Wheelchair and companion seating is available on all levels.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Photos of the arena * 3 Concessions * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

In addition to Bears games, Giant Center
Giant Center
also hosts an annual concert series and attracts many well-known entertainers. The first performance at the arena was by Cher
Cher
. The arena has since continued to host a wide variety of popular acts, including American Idol Live! and the Harlem Globetrotters . In 2003, Giant Center
Giant Center
held the WWE
WWE
's Unforgiven .

Giant Center
Giant Center
also hosted the Road to Victory rally for Republican Presidential candidate, John McCain , and his running mate, Sarah Palin , on October 28, 2008. President Donald Trump also held a rally to campaign in November 2016.

WWE
WWE
Raw was held at Giant Center
Giant Center
with a three-hour Thanksgiving themed episode on November 23, 2009, and returned for a three-hour 'Old School' themed episode on November 15, 2010. WWE
WWE
has also held several other Raw and WWE
WWE
Friday Night SmackDown episodes here as well.

The largest crowd in Giant Center
Giant Center
history was 11,002, which occurred on June 14, 2010, as the Bears clinched the Calder Cup Championship against the Texas Stars
Texas Stars
in Game 6 of the Calder Cup finals.

Giant Center
Giant Center
and the city of Hershey also hosted the 2011 AHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition on January 30–31, 2011.

In 2014, it was home to the Harrisburg Stampede
Harrisburg Stampede
of the Professional Indoor Football League .

In 2015, Elizabethtown College hosted the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.

Before the 2015/2016 Hershey Bears Hockey season, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts made a $4.7 million upgrade to the production system, a new four-sided, center-hung HD scoreboard, a new LED standings board and a new LED fascia ribbon surrounding the bowl, manufactured by Daktronics . The new scoreboard's video screens measure 13.52 feet high and 23.92 feet wide. Project was funded with all private funds from HE">

Panoramic View of Bears Game *

Giant Center
Giant Center
before the start of a game against the Lake Erie Monsters *

Front of Giant Center
Giant Center
*

Inside Giant Center
Giant Center
from the ice

CONCESSIONS

In 2007, the Giant Center
Giant Center
Food and Beverage Department finalized a deal with PepsiCo , with all food and drink stands in the building switched from Coca-Cola products to Pepsi
Pepsi
products. The switch was made to equalize operations with the rest of the Hershey Entertainment Complex .

Giant Center's concessions include traditional fast food items such as chicken tenders, hamburgers, french fries, and hot dogs, as well as various Italian items. Additional concessions available include Common Coffeehouse treats such as flavored coffee and pastries. The Smokehouse offering Smoked Pork BBQ, Burrito Bowls, Chicken and Beef Brisket. Cross Check Cafe offers made-to-order Deitz ">

REFERENCES

* ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. * ^ "GIANT Center". Reynolds Construction Management, Inc. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2014. * ^ " Giant Center
Giant Center
Arena". Century Engineering. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2011. * ^ "Giant Center". Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. Archived from the original on March 8, 2004. Retrieved January 27, 2013. * ^ " Special Report: What\'s On Deck". SportsBusiness Journal. July 30, 2001. Retrieved September 28, 2011. * ^ Conroy, Scott (October 28, 2008). "Palin Makes 11th Visit to PA". CBS News . Retrieved October 28, 2008.