Country: United States Of America
The Giant Center is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a town 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 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. In addition to Bears games, the Giant Center also hosts an annual concert series and attracts many well-known entertainers. The first performance at the arena was by Cher and has since continued to host a wide variety of popular acts, including American Idol Live! and the Harlem Globetrotters. In 2003, Giant Center held the World Wrestling Entertainment's WWE Unforgiven. The Giant Center also hosted the Road to Victory rally for Republican Presidential candidate, John McCain, and his running mate, Sarah Palin, on October 28, 2008.WWE Monday Night Raw was in the Giant Center on November 23, 2009.The largest crowd in Giant Center history was 11,002, which occurred on June 14, 2010 as the Bears clinched the Calder Cup Championship against the Texas Stars in Game 6 of the Calder Cup finals.