The 22-year-old stage at Hersheypark Stadium is being retired and replaced with a newer model for the venue’s summer season.
Removal of the stage will begin this week and construction on the new stage is set to begin in late April or early May, according to a statement from Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co. The new stage is expected to be finished by Memorial Day weekend. The first act to grace it will be 1980s rock legends Journey and Def Leppard.
That show will mark the start of the stadium’s summer season, which will include performances by rapper Kendrick Lamar, pop singer Harry Styles, country rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the pop punk band Falloutboy.
The company said the old stage has seen over 200 shows since it was constructed in 1996.
Hersheypark Stadium features over 15,000 permanent seats with room for an additional 1,200 bleacher seats. The venue also hosts a synthetic grass layout that can expand its capacity to 30,000 for outdoor concerts and festivals.
The stadium is located in the same complex in Derry Township that includes the Giant Center and the Hersheypark amusement park, all owned and operated by Hershey Entertainment. The company also owns the nearby ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and The Hotel Hershey.
Over this past fall, the company opened a $2 million chocolate spa with nine treatment rooms providing a number of chocolate-based skin and beauty care treatments.
In June, the company announced president John Lawn would also begin serving as CEO at the beginning of 2018. The position opened after the company’s former CEO, Bill Simpson, retired at the end of 2017.