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PPL Center, Allentown
(4.1/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
PPL Center is a sports arena in Allentown, Pennsylvania that opened on September 10, 2014. Its naming rights are owned by the PPL Corporation, which is headquartered in Allentown. PPL paid an undisclosed sum over 10 years.OverviewThe arena is part of a larger redevelopment project of the central business district of Allentown. The project encompasses a 5-acre square block area, in which several new structures are planned to be erected: Part of the arena site was previously developed in the 1990s as an office building called Corporate Plaza; shortly after opening, on February 23, 1994, it collapsed into a sinkhole, due to limestone in the ground and the decision to not place the building on a concrete pad, but rather on spread footings; the plaza was imploded on March 19 of that year. Inside the arena will be a new ground-floor studio that will house WFMZ-TV's news operation.Competition on building sitesRebuilding an arena on the site of the Spectrum in Philadelphia was rejected in favor of the more profitable Xfinity Live! project and a new 180-room Renaissance by Marriott hotel. The competition to build a new arena for the Phantoms in 2008 was primarily between Allentown and Camden, New Jersey. While Camden was closer, Allentown had a more elaborate proposal which helped secure Allentown's bid for the team.Plans to build the PPL Center at the corner of 7th and Hamilton Streets in downtown Allentown were announced in late 2009. For much of 2009 and 2010, the focus of the project was on securing funding. The project took a major leap forward in 2011, when several properties were purchased by the city to help clear the way for the project to begin. By the end of January 2012, all of the properties had been purchased with final demolition of all buildings occurring in early February 2012.
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  • Excellent venue for Phantoms Ice Hockey and other entertainment. Seats encompass good viewing. The jumbo Tron is a fun thing to see glimpses of fans.. There is adequate parking and snack food stands t...  more »
  • From the Santana/Journey concert to Arena Cross motorcycle racing, PPL center is a fantasticlly fun place to see an event! 
  • Great venue for a concert. No matter where you sit you will have a great time. We were in Section 209 and could see great and loved the show 
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  • This review is directed at the City of Allentown and their feeble attempt to extort parking money. I was at the Phantoms home opener on 10//10/15. Last year the parking meters were only in effect until 6pm. This year ALL of the meters are in effect until 10 pm every day except Sunday. Great job Allentown. The most expensive minor league facility in history. After the game was over the area became a ghost town very quickly. What a great idea to ext end the meter regulations. Now even fewer people will come. As for the arena itself, you can get cheap tickets in section 201 for Phantoms games. Make sure you eat before you go in, the food prices are not much better than a NHL game. Make sure you are seated early, the concourses get congested very quickly. They are not wide enough. GO Phantoms!
  • Great place to see an event. Kid friendly. Food is expensive for what it is. Advise is to go to Tim Hortons. Great coffee, affordable snacks.
  • Great sports center. Prices were reasonable (24oz Draft Yuengling is $7) and the facility was well maintained and cleaned. No huge lines getting in as they had plenty of security points at several entrances for people to enter from.
  • The venue is great to watch a hockey game. Unfortunately there aren't enough bathrooms and the hall ways are cramped if the arena is full. Beer prices are way to expensive when compared to other venues. But I guess I don't have to drink if I don't like the prices either. It is nice that they have 4 entrances but the longest wait is to get past security.
  • This a great center. Well built and all of the seats are great. I've sat in the box seats and down in the rows and had great views. Yes there are bars there. Expect average stadium prices for beer, food and souvenirs.