Hersheypark Arena ceiling renovation brightens interior, improves acoustics
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Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pa., unveiled a new look following a $500,000 ceiling renovation. The 77 year-old structure’s original cork ceiling tiles were removed and replaced with a light tan cellulose spray-on insulation called K-13.
The change brightened the interior and also is designed to reduce echoes and improve acoustics. Rink ice, banners and speakers were removed and plastic sheeting was placed over the interior bowl to protect against debris during the project that began Aug. 12. The new coating is about 1.5 inches thick, the same as the cork. In recent years many of the 18-by-24-inch cork panels were coming loose, prompting the decision to replace the interior ceiling. The cork was adhered to the ceiling concrete when it was installed in 1936.