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VIDEO: Hersheypark Stadium dismantles concert stage; new stage ready for Memorial Day weekend

VIDEO: Hersheypark Stadium dismantles concert stage; new stage ready for Memorial Day weekend
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Hersheypark Stadium has hosted many huge outdoor concerts on its current stage, but after two decades, it was time for an upgrade.

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts partnered with Live Nation to build a “brand new, state-of-the-art stage” for performers and fans alike in 2018. Disassembly began in late March, and construction of the new stage started in late April.

Watch a time lapse video of the old stage being taken down below:

The new stage is expected to be ready for Memorial Day weekend, just in time for Journey and Def Leppard to rock the stadium with classic hits on Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for that show, which are $38.60, $58.60, $78.60, $98.60, and $168.60 (processing fees apply), are on sale now and available at the Hersheypark Stadium box office (100 W. Hersheypark Dr., Hershey), online at and, and by phone at 717-534-3911 or 800-745-3000.

The first act to ever perform on the 22-year-old stage was Rod Stewart on May 18, 1996. Since then, it has hosted over 200 shows with some of the biggest names in music, so the venue, which also hosts sporting events throughout the year, picked its 22 top concerts, in no particular order, to remember its history:

Outlaw Festival
Zac Brown Band
Florida Georgia Line
Jason Aldean
Mixtape Festival
Dixie Chicks
Twenty One Pilots
Maroon 5
Luke Bryan
Jimmy Buffett
Bruno Mars
One Direction
Farm Aid
Dave Matthews Band
Def Leppard/Poison
Rihanna and Kesha
Lynryd Skynyrd and Kid Rock
Aerosmith and Kiss

It was just announced this week that Grammy Award-winning pop rock band Maroon 5 will return to Hersheypark Stadium on Saturday, July 14. Other concerts scheduled there this summer include Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and ScHoolboy Q on June 2, Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves on June 14, Imagine Dragons on June 16, Zac Brown Band on June 22, Janet Jackson on July 20, Kesha and Macklemore on July 21, Lynyrd Skynyrd on July 28, Counting Crows and Live on Aug. 10, and Fall Out Boy on Sept. 1.