Ice hockey comes to Hershey
The 1930s brought new forms of entertainment to the community. In 1931, the Convention Hall was remodeled and an ice rink was added. This gave Hershey a venue to host professional ice hockey and figure skating.
During the winter of 1931 the ice rink served as the home for the Swarthmore College ice hockey team. Ice hockey was so popular that Hershey sponsored its own semi-pro team, the Hershey B’Ars
, the following year.
Figure skating became very popular and in 1934 the Hershey Figure Skating Club
was established. Annual shows attracted thousands of attendees, and the shows often sold out weeks in advance.