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Pens Deal Includes Arena Upgrades

May 9, 2019

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Professional hockey is staying at Mohegan Sun Arena, and fans can expect several changes at the facility in the coming years.

Terms of the 10-year deal between the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins include a number of planned upgrades to the arena, which opened in 1999. The team will commit several hundred thousand dollars for extensive renovations to the locker rooms, and the authority has committed to spend more than $900,000 over the first two years of the contract, LCCCA Board Chairman Gary Zingaretti said. New features will include an LED ribbon board — which can display advertisements, stats and other graphics for all arena events — and a new LED lighting system.

The authority is committing an additional $1 million for improvements that, contractually, must be made by the end of the fifth season. Proposed ideas include a new team store and lounge.

— TYLER PICCOTTI