The Bryce Jordan Center: Penn State's 16,000-seat, multi-use facility

August 04, 2011

Officially dedicated on March 30, 1996, Penn State's 16,000-seat Bryce Jordan Center serves as an entertainment magnet, drawing big-name entertainers and acts from around the world. In addition to serving as a state-of the-art entertainment venue, the center is home to Penn State Nittany Lion and Lady Lion basketball teams, serves as a host for a variety of other athletic events, is used to hold conventions and academic events, and is the venue for most of Penn State's commencement ceremonies. In addition, THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, is held at the Jordan Center each year.

The Jordan Center, adjacent to Beaver Stadium and Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Penn State's University Park campus, is named in honor of Bryce Jordan, who served as Penn State's 14th president from 1983 to 1990. During his tenure, the University launched and completed a $300 million fundraising campaign and put in place initiatives to increase the number of minority students, faculty and staff. Bryce Jordan also capitalized on opportunities to spur job creation and economic prosperity for Pennsylvania and among his top priorities was establishing a research park -- today's Innovation Park at Penn State.

The Jordan Center's opening event -- commencement for Penn State's fall 1995 graduating class -- was the first time in many years that one location at University Park was able to accommodate all undergraduates, their families and friends.

Tickets for Jordan Center events are available online or by calling 814-865-5555. Photos of the venue also are available online. This Penn State landmark is part of the iHear Penn State self-guided cell phone campus tour, listed as stop #23.  Accessing iHear Penn State is easy. Dial the tour access number (814-308-5020) on your cell phone and follow the instructions. All stops are listed at

  • An aerial view of Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center. For more pictures of the Jordan Center, click on the image above.

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Last Updated September 12, 2011