Bryce Jordan Center
One of the jewels on the Penn State campus is the 15,261-seat Bryce Jordan Center, which opened in 1996.
The facility is named after Penn State's 14th president Dr. Bryce Jordan who was instrumental in Penn State's bid to gain admittance into the Big Ten Conference.
Located across Curtin Road from Beaver Stadium, the spacious facility has a capacity of over 16,000 seats for concerts and other entertainment events.
Built for $55 million, the facility has a variety of uses, including athletic competitions, commencements and other academic gatherings, trade shows, artistic and cultural performances and main stream concerts. The Jordan Center is the largest such building between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
The building incorporates ultra-modern acoustics, electronics, communications and overall design. Highlight features include: a high-tech sound system, one of the largest portable basketball floors in the world, a television quality video scoreboard, and full back and arm rests for each one of the 15,261 seats.
The Bryce Jordan Center is not just the game day home to the Penn State basketball teams. The building includes newly renovated locker rooms and team lounges for the Nittany Lions and Lady Lions. The student-athletes on both the men's and women's basketball teams are just steps away from their team video rooms, training facility, weight room, a full-sized practice gym that is complete with six baskets and the basketball coaches offices. The Jordan Center also features a press room for working media, a Founder's room, meeting spaces and most of the offices of the Penn State athletic department.
Among the performers the Jordan Center has hosted in its initial 11 years: Nelly, Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris, Dave Matthews Band, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, 50 Cent, Shania Twain, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Aerosmith, Elton John, Billy Joel, Usher, Toby Keith, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, the WWF, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Matchbox Twenty, Mary J. Blige, Tori Amos and Garth Brooks.
In May of 1996 President William Jefferson Clinton spoke at the graduate school commencement.
Penn State has hosted the 1999 NCAA Wrestling Championships, 1998 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships and the 1998 the Big Ten Wrestling Championships in the Jordan Center.
The Jordan Center has quickly become the nation's No. 1 grossing venue in the mid-size category. Estimates were that the Jordan Center would have a total state-wide economic impact of nearly $120 million during its first five years of construction and operation. The facility also has created an estimated 500 new jobs in the Central Pennsylvania area.
Between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, there is no place like the Jordan Center. It has changed the face of central Pennsylvania and enhanced the region's quality of life.