The Bryce Jordan Center will be taking the summer off this year.
Penn State’s top concert venue and indoor sports facility will close for roof and floor repairs after spring commencement on May 10, and its doors won’t reopen until summer commencement Aug. 16.
“After 19 years, our concrete floor has endured professional bull riding, monster trucks, Big Ten basketball, motocross, Thon, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, Metallica, WWE Wrestling, trade shows, and thousands of other concerts and events,” said Bernie Punt, the Jordan Center’s director of sales and marketing. “We need to replace our present floor with a new one.”
According to the Office of Physical Plant’s website, the project involves more than just pouring new concrete. Roof work, masonry restoration and the replacement of the center’s lightning protection system are all part of the plan.
Bid packages for the project were due Jan. 23. OPP estimates put the project at about $4.5 million. Punt said bids are still under consideration.
The last non-Penn State events on the schedule before closing are a concert by country singer Jason Aldean on May 2 and a show by comedian Bill Maher on May 3. Punt said that only one event needed to be rescheduled because of the maintenance, State College Area High School’s graduation in June, which will move to Pegula Ice Arena.
Punt said the closing will mean no loss of revenue since summers are slow for an indoor arena.
“The majority of the national concert touring industry plays outdoors over the summer,” he said. “We usually only host one, maybe two, concerts over the summer months — just not this year.”
Outdoor events for Central PA 4th Fest in July will still take place, with Jordan Center restrooms available, Punt said.