Stay. Play. Treat. Repeat. | Sports Destination Management

Stay. Play. Treat. Repeat.

May 31, 2022 | By: SDM Editorial Team

Giant Center in Hershey Harrisburg

At the crossroads of Chocolate Town U.S.A.SM and the Keystone State’s Capital City, the Hershey Harrisburg Region blends world-class experiences and conveniences with historic charm. It’s where events turn into getaways and where success is measured not just by medals, but by memories and moments. The Hershey Harrisburg Region in Pennsylvania is the ultimate Sweet Spot for memories. Its venues, attractions, and energetic hospitality professionals stand by to host your next sports & events moment.

The Sweet Spot for Venues

The taste of success is exceptionally sweet when your event is held in Hershey Harrisburg! Venue highlights include:

  • The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, featuring more than one million square feet of indoor venue space with multiple arenas, halls, and meetings & banquet space for limitless event options.  
  • Hersheypark® Stadium, featuring 16,000+ seats, synthetic turf, and coaster views!
  • GIANT CenterSM, featuring 12,500 seats (including luxury boxes), pristine ice, flexible court flooring, and state-of-the-art scoreboard and amenities.
  • Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts, featuring a turnkey eSports facility with multiple spaces for hosting live gaming events with engaged audiences.

The Sweet Spot for Epic Events

Get ready for events - indoors and outdoors - to take on a sweeter tasteEvents shine in the Hershey Harrisburg Region. We have a proud history of hosting successful events from figure skating to football and everything in between. Multi-venue events like the State Games of America utilized arenas, ice, outdoor grass facilities, golf courses, expo halls, and more to coordinate more than 35 sports and athletes from across the nation. Mecum Auctions utilizes the PA Farm Show Complex’s 1 million square feet of indoor space, PLUS outdoor paved areas for auxiliary events. With a host of venues and creative events professionals always looking for outside-the-box ways to make events stand out, the Hershey Harrisburg Region is a flexible location for nearly any event.

The Sweet Spot for Hotels
Relax and refuel in one of 9,200+ rooms ranging from budget-friendly basics to luxurious suites or cottages all within 20 minutes of a variety of venues.

The Sweet Spot for Fun
Bring the whole family for an extended stay to experience the thrills, charm, history, and beauty of the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

Hershey, The Sweetest Place on Earth® is a world-class tourism destination offering family-friendly entertainment and thrill rides at Hersheypark®, a simulated chocolate factory tour at Hershey’s Chocolate World, and more.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Capital City, blends an elegant history with a modern vibe. Taste your way along Restaurant Row. Take a river cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat. Tour the National Civil War Museum. Catch a ball game!

The Sweet Spot for Professional Sports

Home to three professional teams, the Hershey Harrisburg Region knows sports! We #DefendTheDen cheering for the iconic Hershey Bears®Hockey team, we catch home run balls from future big leaguers at Harrisburg Senators games, and we rally for GOOOOOALS watching Harrisburg Heat Soccer.

Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events
Danielle Vincenti, STS can help any event meet its full potential

The Sweet Spot for Easy Travel

Attendees and fans can travel with ease!  40% of the US population is within 500 miles of the Hershey Harrisburg Region. We’re an easy drive (three hours or less) from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City. Enjoy convenient interstate access to venues and attractions or fly in and out of Harrisburg International Airport – our world-class airport without the world-class wait that offers flights to 16 non-stop destinations. Train service? That’s convenient too! Amtrak® offers a variety of train schedules connecting major, mid-size, and small towns across the state.

The Sweet Spot for Elite Service

The experienced team at Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority is built to support your event in any way we can. As an extension of your event planning team, HHSE provides support for venues & facilities acquisition, hotel room block coordination, site visit coordination, public relations & marketing, and insider suggestions for the best activities, attractions, and dining spots.

The Sweet Spot for “Let’s Go Back Again Next Year!”

Not all sports destinations are created equal. Ours are dipped in chocolate and built on islands. Fans here are passionate, informed, and eager to support the ever-evolving slate of sports tournaments and special events that we host. Guests enjoy the family-friendly options as well as adult getaway entertainment like an incredible craft brewery scene, chocolate-themed spa treatments, and downtown dining. Whatever the sport. Whatever the event. Whatever the occasion. The Hershey Harrisburg Region is the sweet destination that makes the journey so very special. See you soon!

Danielle Vincenti, STS
HHSE Director of Business Development

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