HERCO Proposes New Amphitheater Plan

The construction of a new $20 million amphitheater is under consideration by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co. (HERCO) that would replace Hersheypark Stadium as its prime summer concert venue in East Hanover Township, PA.

At a February 25 East Hanover Township Planning Commission meeting, HERCO proposed a venue that would have 7,000-10,000 covered seats and 25,000 lawn seats.

HERCO's Garret Galia said the new concert venue be provide better seating and sound than currently at Hersheypark Stadium. "Hersheypark Stadium wasn't built specifically for performing arts," he told the Hershey Chronicle. "The amphitheater isn't an item on our long-range plan. As we look at options, if there is
something that makes sense for us as a company, then we'll pursue it."

HERCO will make an identical proposal on April 15 to the East Hanover
Township Supervisors Board. Planning Commission chairman Larry McCarter
said he expects HERCO will make another, more detailed presentation in the
future.

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