After students leave spring commencement, the Bryce Jordan Center will close its doors for the summer to make room for floor and roof repairs. Following the last ceremony on Sunday, May 11, the BJC will be closed until summer commencement on August 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, to the Centre Daily Times. “We need to replace our present floor with a new one.”
The estimated cost for repairs is $4.5 million, although the number has not received final approval. It will take the whole summer due to the extensive amount of work that needs to be completed. As part of the plan, improvements to the roof will also be made, as well as masonry restoration and the replacement of the lightning protection system.
The only noteworthy change caused by the BJC’s closure will be the State College Area High School graduation, scheduled in June. This ceremony will be moved across the street to the Pegula Ice Arena.
There are no concerts scheduled over the summer that need to be rescheduled, so revenue loss is not a concern.
“The majority of the national concert touring industry plays outdoors over the summer,” Punt said. “We usually only host one, maybe two, concerts over the summer months — just not this year.”