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Hazleton Readiness Center‚Äč

Hazleton Readiness Center
515 East Samuels Avenue
Hazleton, PA 18201

The Hazleton Readiness Center (RC) was built in 1951 and recently renovated in 2010. It is owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Hazleton RC is available for rental for unofficial uses, subject to availability. Such past rentals include Girls Scouts of America functions and American Cancer Society events and benefits. 


The drill hall offers approximately 5,200 square feet of rental space that can easily accommodate a variety of social functions. Capacity ranges from 300 to 400 people. Hazleton RC does provide chairs and tables for events and can accommodate approximately 200 people. The facility also includes:

  • Parking- paved parking for 81 vehicles, including 4 handicapped, are available.
  • Accessibility- Hazleton has handicapped accessible entrance ramps at both the front and rear of the facility.
  • Kitchen- Renters may use the kitchen for cooking. The facility also offers a food warmer display. Food service and catering is permitted.
  • Use of sound system that includes microphone, speakers, projector and screen.
ALOCHOLIC BEVERAGES. The use of beer and alcohol is permitted in connection with such functions as long as such use complies with all applicable state and local laws and regulations.

RESERVING AND SCHEDULING USE OF FACILITY. ALL events must be scheduled in advance. To check on availabilities and/or schedule the Hazleton drill hall contact the Hazleton Readiness Center at 570-454-3981. 

Rental Fees and Information

All rentals require signature of a standard rental agreement in advance. The senior onsite military administrative officer or their formally delegated military representative is the point of contact for the scheduling of all official or unofficial armory rentals.

All unofficial events require liability insurance; and, if alcohol is served, liquor liability insurance is also required. Rental fee to use the facility is $37 per hour or $155 per day. Certain specific organizations are authorized reduced or no-cost rentals (military, veterans, scouting, Red Cross).

Custodial fee for Hazleton is not included in the rental fee. Although general clean up is included in the rental price someone from the facility must be present during all rentals that take place in the Drill Hall. A $60 per hour fee is charged to the renter.

A fee for consumable supplies (paper towels, toilet paper, toilet soap, cleaning materials, etc.) equal to twenty (20) percent of the appropriate rental rate (hourly/daily) will be assessed for all rentals involving the use of the inside areas of the armory. This fee will apply even though the rental fee itself is waived or reduced, and will be applied against the normal rental rates.

The DMVA Office of Facilities and Engineering approves the use of the Readiness Center Drill Hall and processes all rental agreements. Use of this facility for any purpose must be approved in advance by the Office of Facilities and Engineering. For additional information or questions about the Hazleton Drill Hall, please contact the Hazleton Readiness Center at 570-454-3981 or the DMVA Office of Facilities and Engineering at 717-861-8581.