GIANT CENTER is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Hershey,
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 replaced the
Arena as the Bears' home venue
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 . It is operated by
Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company , with the naming rights
owned by the
Giant-Carlisle grocery store chain based in Carlisle,
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.
* 1 History
* 2 Photos of the arena
* 3 Concessions
* 4 References
* 5 External links
In addition to Bears games,
Giant Center also hosts an annual concert
series and attracts many well-known entertainers. The first
performance at the arena was by
Cher . The arena has since continued
to host a wide variety of popular acts, including
American Idol Live!
Harlem Globetrotters . In 2003,
Giant Center held the
Giant Center also hosted the Road to Victory rally for Republican
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 Raw was held at
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 has also held
several other Raw and
WWE Friday Night SmackDown episodes here as
The largest crowd in
Giant Center history was 11,002, which occurred
on June 14, 2010, as the Bears clinched the
Calder Cup Championship
Texas Stars in Game 6 of the
Calder Cup finals.
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 of the Professional
Indoor Football League .
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,
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 before the start of a game against the Lake Erie
Giant Center from the ice
In 2007, the
Giant Center Food and Beverage Department finalized a
PepsiCo , with all food and drink stands in the building
Coca-Cola products to
Pepsi products. The switch was
made to equalize operations with the rest of the Hershey Entertainment
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 ">
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