Magic, The BJC: THON Celebrates 10 Years In The Bryce Jordan Center
The Bryce Jordan Center might have turned 20 old this year, but 2016 marks only the tenth time THON has graced its stage. Moving from Rec Hall to the BJC in 2007, THON has become one of the marquee events on the Penn State arena’s calendar each year. Though the venue hasn’t changed in a decade, many other aspects of the dance marathon have.
THON made its move to the BJC in 2007 as the dance marathon became more of prominent part of the student experience. The move was necessary to get this event out of crowded Rec Hall, which has a capacity of 7,200. THON raised $5,240,385.17 in 2007.
The theme in 2008, “Hope Finds A Way,” symbolizes the strides the organization has made from its humble beginnings in 1973. With new initiatives, THON raised $6,615,318.04 and broke attendance records.
THON continued to power forward, breaking records across the board once again in 2009, raising $7,490,133.87 and garnering national attention.
THON surged into the new decade with a mantra that describes the atmosphere very well, “Love Belongs Here.” Dancers, orgs, volunteers, and a million others raised $7,838,054.36 FTK.
Another year, another record in the BJC with $9,563,016.09 raised, skipping the $8 million bracket completely. The continued support was visible in the stands as the attendance record also reportedly rose.
The BJC erupted in shock as the first ever eight-figure total was unveiled at $10,686,924.83. The 40th anniversary of the dance marathon was special as the growth from the days of THON in the White Building were evident.
THON broke $100 million donated to the Four Diamonds Fund since 1977 following a total reveal of $12,374,034.46. The BJC, as was becoming the norm, housed a rocking, capacity crowd.
The total peaked in 2014 as participants raised $13,343517.33. The BJC reached capacity in the wee hours of Sunday morning and a packed arena celebrated the total.
THON 2015 was not record breaking, and that’s okay. The weekend was still a vibrant one that saw celebration and dancing FTK and $13,026,653.23 revealed Sunday afternoon.
THON is back in the BJC for its tenth year in 2016. Will we break records? Will we fill out the BJC for the Final Four Hours? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure — we’ll do it all FTK.