Hersheypark Stadium History
Hersheypark Stadium is one of the oldest venues in Pennsylvania, having opened in 1939
and located inside Hersheypark, the amusement park run by the chocolate company of the same name. It has hosted a wide array
of sporting events and concerts and is annually one of the highest attended venues in all of Pennsylvania. The venue is so
revered that it has been visited by Presidents including Dwight D. Eisenhower who held a birthday party at the renowned venue
and George W. Bush who stopped her while campaigning in 2004. Come see what has made Hersheypark Stadium one of the most beloved
venues in the Keystone State.
Hersheypark Stadium Events
Hersheypark Stadium is annually the home of the
ACC marching band championships The Cavalcade of the Bands and the Tournament of the Bands. Additionally it has hosted a CONCACAF
qualifying tournament which decided which men's teams made it to the Sydney Olympics. Lower Dauphin High School and Hershey
High School both play their soccer and football games at the stadium. The 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic was held at Hersheypark
Stadium in which the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hershey Bears 2-1. There is much more than just sports events
held at Hersheypark Stadium as it also hosts concerts by the likes of Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy.
Pennsylvania is well known throughout the world as home of the Hershey chocolate company that makes the iconic Hershey chocolate
bar and Hershey's Kisses. There is however, much more to the city than just the chocolate factory. Hersheypark is a sprawling
amusement park offering rides and other attractions that the whole family will love. Although it is currently only home to
one sports team, the Hershey Bears of the AHL, Hershey has a long history of sports including being home to the Hershey Arena
which saw Wilt Chamberlain score an NBA record 100 points in a single game for the Philadelphia Warriors in the arena. For
a more cultural experience you can visit the Hershey Area Playhouse, the Hershey Museum, or the Hershey Public Library.
Hersheypark Stadium Seating Layout
With the ability to seat more than 15,600 people for football and soccer,
Hersheypark Stadium is able to attract big time sports events and the environment at the stadium for important match ups is
nothing short of electric. When a concert comes to the stadium, seating capacity is increased to 30,000 which allows Hersheypark
Stadium to host some of the biggest concerts to come to town. Wherever you sit in Hersheypark Stadium you are guaranteed to
have a perfect view of all the action taking place on the field or on the concert stage and the acoustics are fantastic.
When the stadium hosted the CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2000 Sydney Olympics the United States and Honduras
came out as the winners who were selected to represent the confederation in the Olympics. Hersheypark Stadium is also home
to the PIAA football and soccer championships as well as the Big 33 Football Classic which is a high school football all star
game featuring the best players in all of Pennsylvania.