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PPL Center, Allentown

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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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  • This is the place to see events. Parking right next door. Before the game or show there are several local EXCELLENT restaurants and pubs to get fueled up. Inside vendors are clean and tasty. This plac...  more »
  • I’m here at Key West, I like Miami and Fort Lauderdale better. Not totally disappointed but not what I expected, I thought it would be more exciting.  more »
  • Nice place to see a game. Good crowd but not crowde! Very good snacks, great selection. Will go again.  more »
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  • Fairly new Arena to the area. Parking is $6 which is reasonable. Elevators that lead from the parking garage to the main floor. Beer price is $8.50. Seating is very tight. Once you get in everyone else has to stand up for you to exit the aisle. I did not notice any food or drink vendors selling food or drinks once I was seated. A lot of different food choices for you to purchase at the mezzanine level. They have a lot of different events here such as indoor Racing and concerts. Safe environment with noticeable security.
  • Saw trans siberian orchestra. Great Show, great sound. the one star review is for the absolute incompetency of the entrance process. Doors opened 30 min before the show began... for 10,000 people including a slow bag check. No PPL Center employees outside to help direct people to proper line (bag/no bag) ( it was raining, so they might have gotten wet). Hundreds were outside in a snaking line with the show started ~15 min late. They couldn't delay until more people entered since there was a second show later in the day. Worst job ever I've seen in entering a concert facility. People were still entering the Center 40 minutes into the show. So ... If you ever see a show there DO NOT BRING ANY BAG/PURSE into the Center with you. If there is a huge line for the no-bag entrance, have member of your party circle the building looking for another no-bag line and contact the rest of you by phone if a shorter line is found. That's what we did and we were able to enter ~5 min before the show started (we arrived 50 min before show time).
  • As with most sports complexes that have a lot to offer, it can be a little daunting finding where to go and the best way to get there. The staff at PPL Center all go out of their way to help, even when you can see they have a dozen other things they need to be doing. The facility is clean, the staff obliging and the food is great. It may seem expensive, but the overall experience is worth it.
  • I went to Phantom's game. As always, everything was perfect. Also the team won, food was great, drinks and all the place were perfect. Cams and the big screen are incredible for kids. Great for sharing with the family.
  • Our nightmare experience started with unbelievable backed up traffic. Sat for 5min.@ a time to move 1foot, extremely expensive to park. 10.00. waited in down poring rain for 45min. Only two metal scan stations for thousands of people. That was just one entrance, I saw another entrance and it was backed up with just as many people. The prices were ridiculous, 10.00 for a burger, 4.50 for a bottle of water. No one helping people to find their seats. Watched the show soaking wet. T.S.O. performance was spectacular however not enough to get me there again!! Just a nightmare of a first & last time experience!! Great Job mayor!!Also, how is it that the people next to me paid 30.00 more than I did and my tickets cost 90.00 more than the person who originally purchased them? It's not like the seats were padded just for my back end. There is way to many different prices for the same exact seats. Make up your mind, do you or don't you want people to come back? Set a price and that should be it, no matter what. It's scalping the customers!! VERY, VERY POORLY RUN!!

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