Eventually, Tedesko secured the help of Oscar Spancake, a carpenter-foreman, who mobilized a crew of 250 men, 4 concrete mixers and 2 elevators. The workers had no previous experience in concrete construction, leaving Tedesko no choice but to supervise all aspects of the concrete pours. Remarkably, by July 2, 1936, pouring for the first roof section began. Mr. Hershey hadD. Paul Witmer, manager of the Hershey Lumber Company, solicit plans for a new, larger building. Through a contact with the Portland Cement Company, Witmer was put in touch with Anton Tedesko, a German engineer with the Chicago design-construction firm Roberts and Schaefer. Tedesko was the design engineer who developed the concept of thin shelled concrete structures.

Tedesko quickly began work on design plans and ground was broken on March 11, 1936. This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it. If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file. The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Ice Hockey Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (CC-BY-SA).

After a minimal time of curing, the plan was to lower the support jacks and the forms would drop away from the concrete shell. The first time this step was taken, Witmer feared that the structure was about to collapse. As they lowered the haves and have nots episodes the support jacks the concrete continued to stay attached to the forms for the first 2 inches. Much to his relief, the concrete shell stopped settling and separated from the scaffolding as the forms were lowered further.

That same year the Hershey Figure Skating Club hosted the National Figure Skating competition at the Arena. Closer to home, the Arena served as an evacuation site when the region was threatened with a malfunction and partial meltdown of the nuclear core at Three Mile Island in April 1979. Until the situation stabilized, 186 people lived at the Arena for 3 days. The venue currently hosts wrestling, ice skating and other events as stand alone events or as a supplement space to events held at the Giant Center. Hersheypark Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, managed by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company. Files are available under licenses specified on their description page.

Great Customer Service always makes for happy customers. Tedesko realized that the Hershey project would be like no other. He referred to it as a “home-made structure, constructed by Hershey men.” Tedesko became the planner/architect/engineer/construction manager. Milton Hershey wanted to save money and refused to formally hire a construction manager.

Built in 1936 by chocolate king and town builder Milton S. Hershey, the Hershey Sports Arena has played host to everything from ice shows and professional wrestling to concerts and tennis matches. President Dwight Eisenhower celebrated his birthday there in 1953 and Wilt Chamberlain scored a record 100 points when the Philadelphia Warriors played a home game there in 1962. What is now known as Hersheypark Arena is best remembered as home ice for the Hershey Bears hockey club for 64 years. Since it opened the Arena has been used for a variety of entertainment. As the home ice for the Hershey Bears AHL hockey team until 2002, the Arena hosted countless hockey games, not only for the Bears but also for many junior hockey teams. The Arena also hosted many AHL Calder Cup championship games, including the Bears championship seasons of 1947, 1958, 1959, 1969, 1974, 1980, 1988 and 1997.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy. The Arena quickly became an important part of the Hershey community and served as much more than a sports venue. As the venue with the largest amount of seating, community events were often held here. Community birthday parties for Milton Hershey were held at the Arena in 1937 and 1938. During the 1950s Employee Christmas parties were celebrated at the Arena. At the time of its construction, Hershey Sports Arena was the largest monolithic concrete structure in the United States.

It was home to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, who moved to the GIANT Center in 2002. The Bears still use the arena as their practice facility. The Arena also played host to some National Hockey League exhibition games, and hosted 18 Calder Cup finals, and three American Hockey League All-Star games. On most weekends during the fall and winter months, the rink is open to the public for ice skating. When built in 1936 as the Hershey Sports Arena, the building was the largest monolithic structure in the United States in which not a single seat suffered from an obstructed view.

Today the Arena is still an important part of Hershey’s extensive recreational facilities, hosting college hockey, youth hockey and occasional Hershey Bears’ hockey practices. A new sports facility, the Hershey Giant Center opened in 2002. Hersheypark Arena, is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Built in 1936, it was originally known as the Hershey Sports Arena. The arena has a seating capacity for hockey of 7,286 people, and in excess of 8,000 including standing room.

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