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Bryce Jordan Center
The Big Joint
Bryce Jordan Center.JPG
Location University Dr. & Curtin Rd, University Park, PA 16802
Coordinates 40°48′32″N 77°51′21″W / 40.80889°N 77.85583°W / 40.80889; -77.85583Coordinates: 40°48′32″N 77°51′21″W / 40.80889°N 77.85583°W / 40.80889; -77.85583
Broke ground April 7, 1993
Opened January 11, 1996
Owner Pennsylvania State University
Operator Pennsylvania State University
Construction cost $55 million
Architect Rosser Int'l. Inc.
Capacity Basketball: 15,261 (Basketball)
Concerts: 16,000+
Tenants
Penn State Nittany Lions men's basketball (1996-present)
Penn State Lady Lion's Women's Basketball (1996-present)

Bryce Jordan Center is a 15,261-seat multi-purpose arena in University Park, Pennsylvania. The arena opened in 1995 and is the largest such venue between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It is home to the Penn State University Nittany Lions men's and women's basketball team and for the men, their student section, Nittany Nation. It also plays host to a number of events such as music concerts, circuses, and commencement ceremonies for colleges within the university. The arena is named after former Penn State University president Bryce Jordan who was instrumental in acquiring the funding needed to build it. The arena is associated with the Arena Network, a marketing and scheduling group of 38 arenas.[1]

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Location & Layout

The arena is located across the street from Beaver Stadium on Curtin Road, on the eastern part of the campus. This part of campus is home to many of the school's athletic facilities, including the recently built Medlar Field at Lubrano Park baseball facility and Jeffrey Field soccer stadium. There is a large electronic display outside the arena which provides advertisements for future events. The university also recently contracted with ANC Sports to install over 900 feet of LED ribbon board signage to be used for sponsor advertisements and game prompts.[1]

Events

The inside of the Bryce Jordan Center during a game, featuring the Nittany Nation student section.

In March 2006, the arena hosted first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship. The arena will has hosted the 2007 and 2008 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Basketball Championships.[2] Along with sporting events, the arena hosts concerts. Bands that have performed at the arena include Phish, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Shania Twain, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi, Goo Goo Dolls, Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith, Death Cab for Cutie, Kanye West, Maroon 5, matchbox twenty, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, 50 Cent, and many others. Parts of Aerosmith's 1998 live album A Little South of Sanity were recorded at the Bryce Jordan Center. Lead singer Steven Tyler can be heard yelling "State College" out to the audience in order to rile them up during "Love in an Elevator". The music video for Backstreet Boys' 2000 hit "The One" was filmed at the venue. The arena also hosts numerous World Wrestling Entertainment events, including RAW.

In 2007, the Penn State Dance Marathon, commonly known as THON, was moved to the Bryce Jordan Center.[2] The event, designed to raise money to fight pediatric cancer, raises millions of dollars every year.

On October 13, 2008, Bryce Jordan Center hosted Change Rocks: A Concert to Benefit Obama. Among guests playing included The Allman Brothers Band and Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, all four of whom were members of The Grateful Dead.

References

  1. ^ David Jones (2007-07-23). "New message ribbons at Beav, Jordan Center" (in English). The Patriot News. http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2008/07/new_message_ribbons_at_beav_jo.html.  
  2. ^ - "BJC to see first Thon". The Daily Collegian. 2007-02-22. http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2007/02/02-16-07tdc/02-16-07dnews-12.asp. Retrieved 2007-02-17.  

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