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Checking in With the Phantoms: 96 Days Until the Home Opener

Two and a half years ago I wrote this post about hockey coming to Allentown.  Now, it’s less than 100 days until the home opener.  I’ve already signed my season ticket contract and picked up my promotional gift (two of the nicest left-handed hockey sticks I’ve ever seen).  Concerts are being scheduled, and there will be some pre-season games prior to the October 17 home opener.  It’s getting close folks.  You don’t believe me?  Take a look at this –at the time of posting, that live cam is showing the seats being installed in the main bowl, and some of the risers–the first 5 or 6 rows for hockey–in place.

Here’s another peak at the season ticket seating for hockey:

hockey seating

Image from the Phantom’s web page. Anybody ready for Kram106? I’ll be sitting near the top of 106, just across the aisle from the jokers who are paying more to sit in 105. There are approximately 21 rows in each section for hockey, with the first five or six on risers. I’m unsure about the rows for the upper level.

In case you missed it, concerts and events are already being scheduled.  The opening event will be the ’70s rock band the Eagles, on September 12.  Here’s the full list, as of this writing:

Friday, September 12: Eagles

Monday, September 15: Cher

Tuesday, September 16: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Friday, September 26: Rascal Flatts

Friday, October 3: Harlem Globetrotters

Friday, Saturday, October 10-11: Professional Bull Riders

As near as I can tell, tickets are still available to all of these events.  Tickets for the Eagles are getting low, however, plenty of the VIP, and “Platinum” seats upwards of $450.00 each are still available.  Here’s what the concert seating map looks like–at least for Tom Petty:

ppl concert seating

From the PPL Center Ticket Page. I’ll be sitting in 205 as it kept shutting me out when I was trying to purchase floor seats–and that was six minutes into the pre-sale. Whatev. They were cheaper up top.

Here are some nuggets I learned at my ticket signing for the Phantoms this week:

  1. There are a butt-load of season ticket holders.  The seat map for hockey is tremendously full.  They are currently selling partial season ticket packages only to those on the waiting list–they haven’t even started public sales of those yet, let alone single-game tickets.  They don’t have the most season tickets in the league, but there are motivational signs throughout the ticket office promoting that as a goal for the ticket staff.  Impressive.  If you’re thinking about season tickets you’d better get moving.  And tickets in the expensive “club” section are almost gone.  So much for letting them talk me into upgrading…
  2. The seats are nice.  I was able to see the regular seats, the club seats, and the suite seats.  All very nice.  Of course, the club seats are slightly bigger and could be a bit more apart.  The suite seats are bigger yet.  But, not tremendously so.  I had to ask to figure out which were which, in fact.  Very nice padded seats, all.  They all seem nicer than the Wells Fargo Center seats in Philly.
  3. They are thinking about sound.  Arenas can be horrible places for concerts sometimes because of the acoustics.  Metal and concrete reflect sound like crazy, and it’s difficult to get a pleasing auditory signal to the concertgoers.  They’ve already thought about that, and strategies are being implemented to assist with the sound quality.  One of the Brooks brothers is a huge concert fan, I understand, and this has been a point of emphasis.  We’ll see how they do, but it was encouraging to hear that they’re already thinking about it.
  4. The season ticket package includes 38 home dates, 2 preseason games, and 2 playoff games, for a total of 42 games.  In the event that the team doesn’t play in the playoffs, the two extra games will be credited towards the following season.  Most season ticket holders have a 3-year or 5-year contract. The price is locked in for the first two, with an increase of no more than 3% for the third year.  It’s unclear when the pre-season games will be for this first season, or whom they will be against.  Any chance of a Flyers exhibition?  We’ll see.  I would guess one would be the weekend before–perhaps Columbus Day–and one during that week.
  5. The final schedule should be out in August.  There will be very few mid-week games.  Most will be Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.  There will be the occasional mid-week tilt over the holiday periods of Thanksgiving, Christmans, and New Years.  A couple extras will be sprinkled in, but count on mostly weekends.
  6. They know the ticket process for concerts is not perfect.  The hockey side isn’t completely in control of it, and the promoters, and the bands themselves have a lot of say in how things are done.  Phantom’s STH do get some pre-sale ability–but then, the “Cyber Club” of the arena does, too (just sign up!).  It’s not clear if one group or the other has access to better seats–they are chosen for you during the purchasing process.  Personally, I did very well with my Eagles tickets (I think…) as I used my American Express (promoter) pre-sale code.  I did much less well with Tom Petty, using the Phantom’s code.  I have no idea if this is a coincidence or a computer problem or what.  I don’t know how many concerts I’ll go to down there, but we’ll try to keep up with info that we hear and learn.

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Now, let’s take a look at how the Phantoms are doing with those things I suggest so many months ago:

  1. Invest in Parking and Travel Solutions:  According to the Morning Call, there has been a traffic study in and around the arena district and with respect to the parking lots.  In addition, there will be an “app” for your smart phone to help you find parking (just try looking at that while you drive!  Kidding.  Have your passenger do it!)  I did see a parking map, for the first time, the other day in the print version of the newspaper.  I believe it was in regards to this study with this article  but the image is nowhere to be found now.  We’ll update going forward.  I believe the bottom line is, that there will be enough parking, and the flow from the many points of access will be tolerable.  The key will be getting cars into those spots that are available. The city and the team are concerned and working on it–and don’t have their heads in the sand (or elsewhere) at this juncture.  It’s a start, but I’m telling you they need to continue to work on it.  On my way downtown to sign for my ticket plans the other day, I made four wrong turns, almost plowed into two mini-vans which were parked in the middle of the street for no apparent reason, and almost drove off the closed portion of the eighth street bridge.  And, this was with the benefit of a satellite-guided navigation system in my car, and full daylight.  I admit it’s not my best thing–and construction in the area was part of the problem–which will hopefully be concluded somewhat before September 12.
  2. Concerts:  They’ve already exceeded my expectations for the amount and quality of the acts they will be able to book.  Good for them, and I hope it continues.
  3. A co-tenant:  The SteelHawks are the number one candidate.  I wrote about it earlier today, here.  I wouldn’t mind seeing indoor soccer or a D-League NBA team, too.  I won’t be in for Lacrosse, probably.
  4. Make it NICE:  Everything I see tells me that they are.  I am hopeful.
  5. Good A/V:  Everything I’ve heard is good.  We’ll see.
  6. Family Friendly:  I think so.  A number of the restaurants downtown should have some kiddo possibilities, especially before and after matinee games and events.  I felt OK walking around downtown the other day when I was down there exploring.  Yes, it was daytime.  And, yes, I am somewhat oblivious at times.  But I’m hopeful, here, too.
  7. Keep the Philly Connection:  They have, and then some.  First, with the introduction of Chickie’s and Pete’s as the sports restaurant.  Then, in case you missed it, they’ve worked in cooperation with the Reading Royals and the Philadelphia Flyers to make the Royals their AA-level partner.  Read more about it here.
  8. Realignment:  Yup.  It was announced this past week. The Phantoms will play in a division with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Penguins), Hershey (Capitals) and Binghamton (Senators), in addition to Norfolk (Anaheim).
  9. Concessions:  TBD.  But, with the number of new eateries downtown, I don’t think I’ll be going hungry at games.
  10. Group Sales:  The do have a couple of special group areas, including one right on the ice where you can watch the players enter.  They also have some other spots blocked off for group sales.  They’ll be OK–they have enough season ticket holders on three- and five-year deals to get things rolling even without a ton of groups.
    Just a snap--the yellow seats are 3-year plans and the blue ones are 5.  Red ones are unknown.

    Just a snap–the yellow seats are 3-year plans and the blue ones are 5. Red ones are unknown.

     

  11. Conventions and Meetings:  Well, already we have Globetrotters (basketball exhibition) and Bull Riding (rodeo, prob similar setup to some X-games stuff) so there’s that.  I’m sure they’ll find stuff.  Need to develop a quality reputation with the parking and the facility itself–as well as the comfort of the performers–though.
  12. Vuvuzelas:  We’ll see.  It will be interesting to see the kind of atmosphere they promote.  I wonder how raucous it will be.  It will be interesting…

See you at the arena,

Kram 106

 

 

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SteelHawks Lose Championship, Look Forward to the Future

The Lehigh Valley SteelHawks couldn’t complete a magical road-run to the Championship, losing in Nashville last night 64-43 in the league’s final game.  They began the game a bit flat, at one time down 24-4.  Just like the whole season, though, they battled back and closed to within a touchdown several times.  The offense, though, just wasn’t made to come from behind by that much–and forced into that role ultimately made enough mistakes to prevent a come-from-behind victory.  The 12-2 Nashville Venom were the better team all season and certainly showed it yesterday.

But the SteelHawks competed.  QB Shane McSweeney played very well over the past few games as the SteelHawks made their run.  He was filling in for the suddenly-retired All-PIFL Adam Bednarik.  The Defense was lead by outstanding lineman Larry Ford and All-League DB/KR Dwayne Hollis.  They were a fun team to watch this past season, and we certainly wish them well as a franchise, going forward.

And the future certainly is bright–if a bit uncertain–for the established local professional football team.  It’s been a foregone conclusion that the team will move into the beautiful new arena in Allentown for next season.  However, as I understand, nothing is official yet.  To that end, I have some thoughts.

First, let’s take a look at the arena move, good and bad:

  1. Fans:  The arena may make checking out a game more palatable to a number of fans who may not have had the opportunity yet.  The antiquated Stabler Arena is no great place to visit, and not so comfortable for fans.  On the other hand, some established fans may not wish to battle the downtown traffic and parking which will be a problem for all events there–on some level.  While they may attract new fans, they will have to battle to keep some of the old ones, too.
  2. Additional Revenue:  Parking won’t be free downtown, we all know that.  And, the SteelHawks won’t get a piece of it–it’s Allentown’s.  But, I’d hope the ‘Hawks would get a piece of the concession game–including beer sales.  I’d also hope the SteelHawks could get a small corner of the Phantoms’ team store to sell merchandise–expanding to the concourse as needed on game days.  Additional revenue for the team may allow for some franchise stability, player recruitment and coaching, and promotion.  Better game day experience => More fans => More advertising => More revenue =>Better game day experience.  It will build on itself.  But, as I said, some things may be a little more difficult.  Parking, and perhaps higher rent, and the need for additional game-day staff and facility expenses (ie: new field).
  3. The Partnership with the Phantoms:  Phantoms management has already mentioned the possibility of one or two fellow-tenants for the PPL Arena.  Indoor soccer, indoor lacrosse, and minor league basketball have all been mentioned.  However, all of those leagues overlap with hockey quite a bit.  And, they all want the weekends for games.  It can be done, as it is in places like Syracuse and Rochester and Norfolk.  However, the PIFL schedule starts just as hockey is ending, and provides for additional arena event nights throughout the early summer.  The partnership is as close to perfect as you can get.  The SteelHawks play a maximum of one game per week which can easily be scheduled around trade shows and concerts and graduations and other arena events.

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A couple of background things:  I admit I was skeptical about indoor football.  I also admit that I was wrong.  The pace of the game and the quickness of the scoring make for a very exciting evening.  I also admit that I HATE Stabler Arena.  I don’t like the seating.  I don’t like the concessions.  I don’t like that I can’t enjoy a beer during the game.  It’s not comfortable.  It’s 1980’s technology.   Access and parking are about the only good things it has.

So, given the move is imminent, let me a few suggestions going forward.  If I was General Manager Mike Clark, here’s what I would do–or try to do–to get ready for next season in the Arena:

  1. Put a good team on the field:  The SteelHawks have done this already–fielding a competitive team the past couple seasons.  However, I think it’s even more important with the move.  A winning team will build buzz in the community.  Just like other minor-league teams, though, anyone really good will probably have the opportunity to move up either to the AFL (Arena Football League, above the PIFL) or even an NFL camp.  Depth is also a key–having some guys who can be called on to fill roster spots if needed.  Work hard on recruiting, and talent.
  2. Find good local talent, if possible:  If the local community recognizes names from previous High School Football games, they might be more likely to come out and check a game.  Adam was a particular example of this.  Reach out to former HS stars to see if they are interested in playing following their college careers.  Also, if these guys are local, it can be easier to get them on board if they are needed to fill the roster spot of a player who moves up or gets injured.
  3. Take advantage of the Arena features (“Sell Those Groups”):  The new arena will have more group areas, and luxury boxes and the like.  Selling groups is a key way to fill a stadium or arena.  Just ask the IronPigs–playoff games and exhibitions without groups in attendance are usually noticeably less-well supported.  Most luxury boxes will be owned, but some may be able to be rented out on a game-by-game basis.  There’s a group area near the field where the players enter which will be good to sell.  In addition, with the larger space, sections can be set aside for certain things:  Set aside a “family” section with no alcohol sales.  Set aside a peanut-free section.  Set aside a section of “cheap seats” for the Noise Nation. ;-)  Set aside sections for the other groups, especially the youth teams.
  4. Partner with local youth leagues:  I know they’ve tried to do this already somewhat, but it’s a great source of fans and groups.  Have youth exhibitions prior to the game and at half-time.  Let the youth leagues sell tickets as a fundraiser–football teams always need money. (Other minor league teams do this:  Sell a block of tickets to the team at a low “bulk” price.  They then re-sell them at a higher price and keep the profits for their club.  It’s a win-win.)  And, as long as you have that turf set up, if you can’t get youth football, give soccer clubs and lacrosse clubs a shot at the half-time exhibition, if there’s not another arena tenant willing to work with them.
  5. Promote at other arena events:  This may be difficult to negotiate, but even a little bit might go a long way.  Every Phantoms game and concert and trade show should have some information available to promote the team and the games.  Even if it’s just a small kiosk or some banners.  Anything you can do to let everyone know that you’re a tenant there, too.  You know, a championship banner in the rafters might look nice… :-)
  6. Sell that gear!  As I mentioned above, a small corner of the team store with a jersey, T-Shirt and hat for sale every day of the year, will help promote the team.   Even if you have to turn the profits over to the Phantoms as rent.  Additional quality items on sale game days, as well, of course.
  7. A new field:  I was watching an AFL game on TV the other day, and there they were gluing the field down between plays.  I guess it’s not just us.  A nice quality field will make the games more fun to watch and safer for the players.  Advertising is a necessity, of course, and a partnership with another “turf” tenant like soccer or lacrosse may be necessary.  Or, just charge them rent…  Or, get the Arena to buy the field, and then THEY can charge rent and you won’t have the overhead.  And for the love of all that’s good in sports:  PLEASE, no electric blue or red or yellow or black turf.  Please just green.  My retinas thank you.
  8. Create an event:  Here’s an idea.  The Phantoms and the City of Allentown should be on board for the buzz it will create:  Have a SteelHawks game the same day as a Phantoms game.  Hear me out, now:  Let’s pick a Sunday near the end of the Phantom’s season.  They’ll have a matinee at 1:30 or so.  Arena management has said that they like 24 hours to cover the ice for an alternate event, but that it can be done much quicker if need be, with additional man-power.  Have a SteelHawks game in the evening following the hockey matinee.  Keep folks downtown, and allow them to patronize the restaurants and hang out in the arena to watch the changeover, and all that.  You might have to get creative with the ticketing for that part.  An “event” like this will create buzz and a transition from hockey season to indoor football season.  If the City really wants to get on board, close some of the nearby streets and create a “fest”-type Spring atmosphere in late March or early April.
  9. Tap in to the Phantom’s ticket base:  This can be a little tricky as well.  However, the Phantoms have LOTS of season ticket holders.  Trust me, I saw them (more on that later).  The ability to market to these folks who are already accustomed to coming downtown to the arena should be explored.  Even if it’s only a tag on the end of an email, or one email promo per season, or whatever.  A discount for Phantoms season ticket holders would also be a way to tap in.  Advertise on the Phantom’s web site.  All that stuff.
  10. Keep the party going:  Some of the stuff the SteelHawks do is really cool, and I hope they continue.  The on-field meet and greet following the games, and the “after parties” that have been held–all cool.  And, they can be continued in downtown Allentown.  There will be plenty of venues for the after-parties–or just dinner–following games.
  11. Get the PIFL to do better with the schedule:  I understand there are difficulties with franchises coming and going, but let’s not have 5 away games in a row again.  Or 5 home games for that matter.  If need be, consider other nights for the games if the weekends get too difficult to schedule.  NFL plays on Thursday and Monday. High school football is on Friday.  All these nights could be used for games, as well as plenty of Saturday and Sunday afternoons when the kiddos can come out.  And don’t even get me started on the officials.  Please, PIFL, do better.
  12. Promote the parking:  I’ve already said this a ton of times about the Phantoms.  There are real concerns about parking and traffic downtown.  The SteelHawks will have the benefit of a whole season of hockey and concerts under their belt before the 2015 team takes the field.  Still, make parking and traffic maps VERY available both on the web site, via mailings, in advertising, and the like.  Don’t minimize it–make sure that folks who need help finding their way downtown to park will be able to.
  13. Make use of the technology:  The new arena will have state-of-the art video and sound capabilities.  Use them to their maximum potential for replays and promos and whatnot.  Look at the way IronPigs games have changed since their inaugural season in 2008:  no more small town “swing it like an iron pig.”  All big-town flash and energy.  It plays well here.  Use it.

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The indoor football is a fast-paced exciting game, played by outstanding and enthusiastic athletes.  It’s been successful in this area, and I look forward to it getting even better in the seasons to come.  Best wishes to the Clarks and the SteelHawks family as they move into a new era for the team–I hope.

See you at the arena,

@Kram209

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Food Choices @PPLCenter – What do you Want?

We saw the media release from the Phantoms today about concessions at the new Allentown Arena.

What local favorites would you like to have available at Allentown’s newest venue?

If you have choices not in this list, feel free to list in the comments below.. and vote as often as you’d like.

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#Phantoms News Release 3/27/14.. with Commentary

Nearly 20 years ago on New Years Eve I had a life changing experience. I tried crab for the first time. It didn’t end well. Turns out I am deathly allergic to crab. So when I hear the word crab in any food setting I automatically stop eating or touching anything. I will admit the first time I heard the term “Crab Fries” my throat tightened up a bit and I decided not to go near the stand serving them. For a few years I heard people raving over these Crab Fries. I had no interest whatsoever. Memories of cartoon sized hands, itching, nausea and a painful injection forbade me from even thinking about.. Crab Fries. I’ve seen crab before. It looks delicious. It looks fun. For me, it’s lethal.

With that said.. I did eventually find out that Crab Fries were simply standard fries with Old Bay seasoning. The friends had a good laugh and I thought to myself, “You’re the ones paying an extra $3 for Old Bay on your fries.”

Anyways.. here’s the Press Release from the Phantoms who are bringing these seasoned fries to the Lehigh Valley.

Note – The long standing call for a permanent restaurant at Coca Cola Park seems to come to fruition within the new PPL Center. Pretty cool.

NEWS RELEASE

Bringing Fresh Food to the New PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Ovations Food Services Selected to Provide Catering and Concessions

March 27, 2014 (Lehigh Valley, PA) -BDH Development, the master leaseholders of PPL Center, today selected Ovations Food Services, a nationally ranked food and beverage provider to public assembly facilities across North America, to bring their Everything’s Fresh™ approach to the new PPL Center in Allentown, PA.

Ovations Food Services, along with the recently selected Global Spectrum, the operators and managers of PPL Center, are both subsidiaries of Comcast-Spectacor.

“Ovations has a reputation of creativity and top notch food varieties”, said Jim Brooks of BDH Development. “We have discussed offering options for all types of diets and desires, including vegetarian, gluten free, and others.”

Ovations is working diligently with the construction crew on kitchen design and placement of equipment, allowing for the execution of a fully fresh program. This means themed concession concepts will line the concourse and guests will never find pre-wrapped anything. Local Pennsylvania flavors will be eminent and served fresh.

“Whether your desires include hot dogs, veggie burgers or lobster rolls you will be able to find great options available at PPL Center this Fall”, said Linda Recke, Ovations’ Vice President. “We are excited to be operating in this first class facility and provide first class menu items and service.”

BDH and Ovations have also partnered with Chickie’s & Pete’s to open a full-service restaurant at the PPL Center. Considered the #1 Sports Bar in North America, Chickie’s & Pete’s is famous for their Crabfries® which are bathed in a secret blend of spices and served with two sides of their one-of-a-kind White Creamy Cheese Sauce.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the excitement in Allentown as Ovations prepares to bring the best of food and beverage to the new PPL Center,” said Ken Young, Ovations’ President. “The Comcast-Spectacor family of companies also operating at the Center, Global Spectrum, Front Row Marketing and New Era Tickets, share the same philosophy of offering unsurpassed guest experiences.”

About Ovations Food Services, LP: A nationally ranked food service company, Ovations Food Services (www.ovationsfoodservices.com) delivers fresh menus, fresh management and fresh ideas to public assembly venues, hotels and casinos throughout the United States and Canada. Ovations specializes in food, beverage, merchandise and hospitality services for stadiums, arenas, convention centers, fairgrounds, expo-centers, racetracks, zoos, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, casinos and hotels. Considered by many as the best managed and most innovative company in the industry, Ovations’ results oriented senior management team has been involved in managing almost every major public assembly facility throughout the United States and Canada.

About Comcast Spectacor: Ovations’ parent company,Comcast-Spectacor® (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of GlobalSpectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 115 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.

About PPL Center: PPL Center is a state-of-the-art multipurpose arena currently under construction in downtown Allentown, PA. Scheduled to open in September of 2014, the arena will seat more than 10,000 for concerts and more than 8,500 for Phantoms professional hockey games, making it the region’s largest events venue. The amenities-packed PPL Center will host more than 140 events each year, offering something for everyone, including the Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, live concerts, family shows, trade shows, figure skating events, youth sports, high school and collegiate events, Disney on Ice, conferences, graduations and many more events. PPL Center will be the heart of the Lehigh Valley and is currently the main catalyst to the revitalization and growth of downtown Allentown.

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Phantoms Announce First Arena Concert

From the Lehigh Valley Phantoms:

   

“history of the eagles” CONCERT tour TO OPEN NEW PPL CENTER IN ALLENTOWN ON SEPTEMBER 12

Tickets on Sale Friday, March 28 at 10 AM

 

The Eagles, one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, will perform the first-ever show at the PPL Center, the new 10,000-seat multipurpose, sports and entertainment venue currently under construction in the Lehigh Valley, on Friday, September 12 at 8 p.m.   Global Spectrum, operators of the new, soon-to-open PPL Center, and Live Nation, one of the world’s largest concert promoters, announced today.

 “Rob and I are extremely excited to be able to begin announcing all the wonderful and diverse events that will take place at PPL Center,” said BDH and Phantoms Hockey Owner Jim Brooks.

“The Eagles are one of the biggest bands in the world and what a terrific way to open this beautiful new facility,” said Global Spectrum’s Gunnar Fox, General Manager of the PPL Center. “The Eagles will be the first live event in a season-long celebration of this fabulous new arena that will include concerts, sporting events, hockey games, family shows and other special events.”

“Live Nation is humbled to be a part of this momentous occasion and thrilled to work with our good friends Global Spectrum to bring one of the biggest rock bands to the PPL Center for its first ever show,” said Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President. “This beautiful new venue will only further establish the Lehigh Valley as a major entertainment destination, continuing on the success of what the Sands Bethlehem Event Center is offering.”

“This is truly an exciting day for Allentown and the Lehigh Valley as we can announce an opening date of September 12 for the PPL Center,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “We cannot wait to welcome The Eagles to the PPL Center. It’s going to be an historic day for our great city and the region.”

Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 28 at 10 a.m. and will be available at pplcenter.com or by-phone at 1-800-298-4200. American Express® Cardmembers can purchase advance tickets beginning Friday, March 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, March 27 at 10 p.m. Check www.eaglesband.com for complete tour and ticketing updates.

PPL Center will seat more than 10,000 for concerts and more than 8,500 for Phantoms American Hockey League games, making it the region’s largest events venue. The amenities-packed PPL Center will host more than 140 events each year, offering something for everyone, including the Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Flyers, live concerts, family shows, trade shows, figure skating events, youth sports, high school and collegiate events, Disney on Ice, conferences, and graduations.

Available on DVD and Blu-ray through the usual retail outlets and www.eaglesband.com, History of the Eagles is features rare archival material, concert footage, and never-before seen home movies that explore the evolution and enduring popularity of one of the world’s biggest-selling and culturally significant American bands.

The tour, which began July 6, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky, includes concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada; UK and Ireland; and Europe.  The 2014 leg opened with six sold-out concerts in January in Inglewood, California, marking the grand re-opening of the iconic L.A.-area venue, the Forum.

The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, earning five #1 U.S. singles and six GRAMMY® Awards. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album of all time, exceeding sales of 29 million units. The band’s Hotel California and Their Greatest Hits Volume 2 have sold more than 16 and 11 million albums respectively. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.  Check www.eaglesband.com for more information.

About PPL Center: PPL Center is a state-of-the-art multipurpose arena currently under construction in downtown Allentown, Pa. Scheduled to open on September 12, the arena will seat more than 10,000 for concerts and more than 8,500 for Phantoms professional hockey games, making it the region’s largest events venue. The amenities-packed PPL Center will host more than 140 events each year, offering something for everyone, including the Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, live concerts, family shows, trade shows, figure skating events, youth sports, high school and collegiate events, Disney on Ice, conferences, graduations and many more events. PPL Center will be the heart of the Lehigh Valley and is currently the main catalyst to the revitalization and growth of downtown Allentown.

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This Week in Noise Nation 3/18/2014

Taking a look back over our recent Lehigh Valley sports coverage:

We started out with some information about PBS 39’s Brewfest at Coca Cola Park in May!

We saw a change at the helm of the Morning Call’s Hog Blog.

Kram got into some preseason Field and Roster details.

Kram reviews a book about the Minor league baseball experience.

We learned who would replace Tim Chorones as IronPig PA Announcer!

We followed the trail connecting a Pork Racer to Kevin Bacon.


A new improved National Anthem tryout for the IronPigs
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IronPig Spring Training results from 3/11.

Kram looks at Season Ticket holder benefits for the IronPigs and Phantoms.

More IronPig Spring Training results.

The Steelhawks releases their new Anthem by Young Chizz!

The Steelhawks also announced the opening of single game tickets for the 2014 season!


The “Sandberg Effect” starting to show with the Phillies.

Spring Training photos!

Phillies and IronPig Roster moves.

More Spring Training photos!

Even MORE Spring Training photos!

More IronPig Spring Training Results!

Kram updates his roster predictions and commentary.

Still more Spring Training Photos!

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