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Area 8 is proud to host the PJW Youth State Championships in 2015 & 2016. The tournament will be held at the Erie Insurance Arena. Check back here for future updates.

Erie Insurance Arena

The Erie Insurance Arena is Northwestern Pennsylvania's premier sports and entertainment facility. It opened in 1983 and recently underwent a $47 million renovation and expansion. With over 9,000 seats, it is home to the OHL Erie Otters, the NBA-D League Erie BayHawks and the SIFL Erie Explosion. It also hosts numerous concerts, family shows, graduations and other community events.

The renovation & expansion included the following:

New club level & luxury suites, expanded concourses, new seats with cupholders, expanded capacity, additional restrooms, larger box office, fully ADA accessible facility, additional concession areas, 50 tv monitors, new show office & star dressing rooms and new heating & ac systems.

From September through April, the Erie Insurance Arena’s concrete floor turns to ice. For concerts, basketball and trade shows during this period, the ice is covered with synthetic, insulated floor panels.

National performing artists such as Elton John, Rod Stewart, Cher, KISS, Barry Manilow and Alan Jackson, along with Disney on Ice, World Wrestling Entertainment, the Harlem Globetrotters and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus have performed at the Erie Insurance Arena.

To learn more about the Erie Insurance Arena visit their website by clicking here.

Driving Directions

From I-90: Exit at Peach St. Take Peach St. north into the city and follow it straight downtown. Turn right on 8th St. Arena is two blocks ahead on your right.

From I-79: Follow I-79 to the end of the expressway and the Bayfront Highway. At Bayfront Highway sign, get into far left lane. On Bayfront Highway, go through 3 traffic lights and 1 blinker light. At the next traffic light, you will see Hamot Hospital on your far right. Turn right onto State Street, heading South. At 8th Street, turn left, heading East. Arena is one block away, on your far right.


Please see the General Information Packet above

2016 PJW State Tournament Participating Hotels for Erie, PA

The following hotels have agreed to support PA youth wrestling by offering a discounted rate for the PJW State Tournament in 2015. Please indicate you are coming to Erie specifically for this tournament when making your reservations. The list will be updated periodically.

16 W. 10th St.

Erie, PA 16501



.2 miles from the Arena

55 W. Bay Rd.

Erie, PA 16507



1.2 miles from the Arena

Baymont Inn & Suites

8170 Perry Highway

Erie, PA 16509



2800 W. 8th St. HOST 

Erie, PA 16505



4.3 miles from the Arena


3041 W. 12th St.

Erie, PA 16505



4.4 miles from the Arena

7792 Peach St.

Erie, PA 16509



6.1 miles from the Arena

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