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PPL puts its name on Allentown's hockey arena

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown's hockey arena now has a name: PPL Center.

The new name and the new sponsor were revealed Thursday.

PPL didn't say how much it paid for the naming rights, but said it has entered into a 10-year deal to get them.

"With our hometown headquarters here in Allentown, it made perfect sense for PPL to be involved with this partnership with the [Lehigh Valley] Phantoms," said Bill Spence, PPL chairman, president and CEO.

This is the second major sponsorship PPL has done, the first being the Philadelphia Union's Major League Soccer stadium in Chester, Delaware Co.

The addition of PPL's name to the Phantom's roster makes two of the Lehigh Valley's star players on the arena project.

Lehigh Valley Health Network will have an on site sports medicine, rehab and wellness center.

"LVHN really believes and we think this is really going to pop and really transform downtown Allentown," said Ron Swinfard, CEO, LVHN.

It's a belief also held by all of the players on the project.

Phantoms officials said the arena construction in on target for 2014. In the coming weeks, the project will take a major step.

"I will be excited when the cranes start going up and the steel starts coming in and people start to see the super structure of the site," said Mayor Ed Pawlowski.

"We will be ready late summer 2014 to open the arena and we will open it just in time for training camp and for the first season," said Rob Brooks, Phantoms owner.  

Those steel beams are expected to go up around the end of the month.

Tickets for the 2014 season are now on sale, and available on the Phantoms website or by calling 610-224-GOAL (4625).

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