Hersheypark Arena gets Roof Update

Hershey Pennsylvania, Hersheypark Arena (originally Hershey Sports Arena) will get a new rubber membrane roof in 2012. Hershey Entertainment says the roof repair will cost $2.5 million.

The project is expected to take about 5 months to complete. The last time the rubber membrane was replaced was in the early 1990’s. The old rubber membrane will be removed and after repairs are made to the concrete roof, a new rubber membrane will be installed. The new roof and rubber membrane is expected to last 10-15 years.

A Big Part of the Community

The arena is a big part of the community and still used for Hersey Bear practices, youth, high school and Lebanon Valley College hockey, figure skating and various other events. The arena also has 100 offices for Hershey Entertainment employees and warehouse space and refrigerated food storage for Hersheypark.

The arena does not make enough money to make it profitable anymore, but they are committed to keeping the arena open for the community.

Bill Simpson, President and COO of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co said “It’s the heart of the community since it was built, I don’t think people appreciate how much the building is still being used. It is the focal point of the operations of the park and our company.”

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