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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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  • August 14, 2017
    Went for a hockey game. Nice arena. Chickie and Petes in house, although I'm not crazy about the chain. Not much more to say about it.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This is a great venue for sports. We typically attend hockey games but were treated to some Arena Football Tickets. It's fun to watch; plenty of scoring whcih causes many footballs to enter the stands...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    Not a bad seat in the house for concerts !! There's an added bonus if your seats are in Section 117 - private bar and food stand.  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    I really, really enjoy coming here. I do not like driving in Allentown, but I feel safe coming here. The parking garages are nice, and you can buy a parking pass for events that will sell out. The atmosphere is great! Family friendly and the staff are mostly friendly as well. I have been here for many hockey games and concerts and never had an issue with anything. Food is good, bathrooms are clean, seating is comfortable and security does a fine job of keeping the rowdy people in check. This is probably my favorite local venue.
  • July 6, 2017
    I went here for my very first concert. Really enjoyed the total package tour in this arena. Love this arena so much!! I might come back for another concert!
  • June 12, 2017
    Drove about two hours to be greeted with a wonderful family atmosphere and a damn good game of hockey. Minor league hockey in a smaller city shows more heart than the major ones in my opinion. Easy to park at and clean. Had a blast and I'd recommend it to any hockey fan in the area.
  • July 7, 2017
    Proposed to my wife here. Love taking the kids to hockey and other events. My son loved marvel universe and I look forward to taking him to a monster truck rally.
  • April 16, 2017
    This was our kids first Phantoms game (and first ever hockey game) as we live in the UK. We parked in the street as with local friends and quickly arrived at the PPL. All the staff were friendly and security etc was quick and painless. As we booked late we were high up but still had great views and enjoyed the game (the phantoms winning 4-2 definitely helped!!). There's good choices for drinks and food for young and old and the souvenir shop is well priced although not cheap. Would go again with the family when next back in town.

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