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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.
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.
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.
Taking a look back over our recent Lehigh Valley sports coverage:
Season Ticket Holder News for the Phantoms and the IronPigs, from Yesterday:
On my way to work yesterday morning I received a call from the Phantoms ticket office. The purpose of the call was to schedule a time for me to sign my official Season Ticket Holder contract, and to pick up my season ticket holder gift: hockey sticks! One for each seat in my plan, I presume. I wasn’t able to schedule the pick up while driving, but I look forward to, soon. If you’re a season ticket holder for the Phantoms (and they’ve been charging your credit card every month…) then you should expect a similar call, if you haven’t received it already. I’ll report more on the arena progress, and the coming of the Phantoms, in the weeks ahead.
It was indeed a glorious day yesterday. I took a little bit of a long lunch break, and it’s a good thing I did: There was quite a line to pick up season ticket packages when I arrived at Coca Cola Park yesterday:
But, every window was open, and the line moved smoothly. As always, there were difficulties with cards vs. tickets and what the account name was, and so on, with the many folks in line. The ticket staff handled the problems with aplomb, and kept things moving. I heard that the “26 Days” prizes are being given out, but just not announced. Congratulations to the winners, whomever you are!
I ducked into the store to check on the status of the Bacon hats. Boy, was I wrong about THEIR popularity. I guess the IronPigs were too, as they’re now on their third order of them from New Era. At any rate, it appeared that stock was good at the store, despite many mail orders obviously in process at the counter. Still, if you’re in the market for one, and local, I’d advise you to go ahead and stop by the store to get one–lest there be a shortage later on!
I pressed my head up against the window to see the field. Here’s what I saw:
Here’s a better view of the field being replaced, from Kurt Landes’ Twitter feed later yesterday afternoon (you can see the snow has almost completely melted from the outfield):
And what would a ticket pick up at the IronPigs be without swag?!? I wondered if there would even be a ticket holder gift this season after the announcement of the loaded credit for the first half of the season. But the IronPigs came through. As near as I can gather, most ticket plans got seat cushions. Some were red, others blue or black. They are small, but functional, I suppose. (note: LavaBuns(r) heated seat cushions are the official seat cushions of section 209).
Full season ticket holders received glass beer mugs. As usual, there was an IronClipper for each seat, with coupons for stadium items as well as from the corporate sponsors. Full-season plans are also to be invited to the PicNic Patio for a free buffet during one game over the first home stand. The tickets for that event were distributed as well (mine: 4/10).
It’s a little late but here’s last week’s week in review:
- Kram started us off with a review of IronPigs down in Spring Training.
- Five not-so burning Issues.
- The buzz begins! IronPigs announce their Smell the Change campaign.
- A review of IronPig’s uniforms since 2008.
- Good smells or bad smells? Kram may have the answer.
- Great news about Pigs Radio alumni!
- We got a brief look at the dark underbelly of baseball in Tales From the Porkside.
- Decal looks back 25 years when the Olympic baseball team stopped by for a game.
- Should the IronPigs retire uniform numbers?
- Trying to understand hockey’s Icing call.
- A bit of Noise Nation world coverage.
- Mount Pigmore was revealed.
- We previewed the Steelhawk’s roster going into preseason camp.
- IronPig Spring Training notes from Kram.
- Kram, Dipro and Kram Jr. checked out the Phantom’s hockey game down in Philly.
- A final note on the IronPig’s big announcement for later today
Wow, we were busy. Here’s to another great week in Lehigh Valley sports!