Allentown hockey arena gets a name

March 2, 2013 by  

The hockey arena scheduled to open in downtown Allentown in the fall of 2014 has finally been given a name: the PPL Center.

The arena is named for PPL Corp, a utility holding company with headquarters in downtown Allentown. The corporation has signed a 10-year naming rights contract with the arena.

PPL Corp won the naming rights after competing with around a half a dozen other companies. According to PPL CEO Bill Spence, naming the hockey arena after the company is just a continuation of the business’ commitment to revitalizing the downtown section of the city. A decade ago, the company invested in the PPL Plaza building, which brought new life to the heart of the city.

The PPL Center will be the second arena to be named for PPL Corp. The company also has naming rights for PPL Park in Chester, which is where the Philadelphia Union soccer team plays. The PPL Center will be home to the Philadelphia Phantoms, a minor league hockey team connected with the Philadelphia Flyers. Once the arena is finished, Allentown banner printing can be made use of to announce the new home of the Phantoms.

The hockey arena is not the only thing being constructed as part of the new center. The arena block will also include a seven story hotel, office building, and apartment complex. There will also be spaces for restaurants and retail outlets. Construction and development of the complex is being overseen by City Center Lehigh Valley. Plans are underway to open a fitness and sports medicine center in the complex as well.