|Location||950 West Hersheypark Drive|
Hershey, PA 17033
|Broke ground||November 8, 2000|
|Opened||October 19, 2002|
|Owner||Derry Township Industrial & Commercial Development Authority|
|Operator||Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company|
|Construction cost||$65 million|
|Capacity||12,500 for in-the-round concerts, 10,500 for hockey|
|Field dimensions||17,500 sq. ft.|
|Hershey Bears (AHL) (2002-present)|
The Giant Center is a 12,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It is home to the Hershey Bears ice hockey team, the longest-existing member club in the American Hockey League, joining the league in 1938. The Giant Center replaced the Hersheypark Arena as the Bears' home venue in 2002.
The 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, Pennsylvania.
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