Posted Friday, July 6, 2012 8:50 AM | Contributed by Vater
The historic Hersheypark Arena, the longtime home of the Hershey Bears and site of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, escaped serious damage during an afternoon fire on Thursday.
Read more from The Lebanon Daily News.
Neat photo with ThighCrush in the background.
Didn't Wilt claim to do most of his scoring off the court.
Say what you want about Chamberlain... that may be what the HPA is known for to the rest of the country, but to South Central Pennsylvanians it is known for an entirely different reason. It's the "Old Barn"... where the AHL's Hershey Bears played for 60+ of their (so far) 75 years. The team's for runner even predates the Arena, playing in the Ice Palace, more recently known as the Hershey Museum (above the park's season pass office), in the years before the Arena was built.
I spent many Wednesday and Satruday nights in the old barn... season hockey tickets from 1983 to 2001 and the move across the parking lots to the newer GIANT Center (and just renewed for next year there).
Note: I didn't read the article attached... but one article said that the building was known mostly for Chamberlain's game.Last edited by SLFAKE, Saturday, July 7, 2012 10:32 PM
When I was a wee lad, I saw the Harlem Globetrotters (the "real" ones with Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon) and Ice Capades (not Follies or anything to do with Disney) and a Hershey Bears game or two there.
Back in those days, there was no 6- lane Hersheypark drive, but there was an actual street that ran between the Arena and Stadium, so our bus dropped us off right in front of the arena entrance. That road would have come out into town right where Trailblazer and the Storm Runner station is now. I think part of it is still a maintenance road. And where Hersheypark Drive is now used to be a landing strip.
Were Meadowlark Lemon and NeNe Leakes separated at birth?
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