Mohegan Sun Retains Naming Rights To Arena

September 28, 2018
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Mohegan Sun Retains Naming Rights To Arena

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The big building off Highland Park Boulevard that hosts hockey, concerts and presidents will be known as Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza for another decade.

The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority announced Thursday it has reached an agreement with Mohegan Sun Pocono to retain naming rights to the arena through the end of 2029.

Mohegan Sun will pay the authority a total of $2.875 million over the course of the 10-year contract, which takes effect in February 2020.

The first five years will be $275,000 per year, while the final five years will be $300,000 per year, authority board chairman Ed Harry said at a news conference announcing the agreement.

Mohegan Sun currently pays $250,000 per year for naming rights to the arena, under an agreement that took effect in 2010 and runs through January 2020. For the first five years of the agreement, from 2010 through 2014, Mohegan Sun paid $225,000 per year, Harry said.

Officials from the authority, Mohegan Sun and Luzerne County praised the deal as a win for everyone.

Erica Tessier, vice president of marketing for Mohegan Sun Pocono, said the extension of the naming rights contract shows that all parties share a “mutual understanding ... of the positive impact” the arena has on the community.

Thursday’s news conference also noted the start of the 20th season for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hockey team, which has played its home games at the arena since 1999.

“It’s been 20 years of a partnership well-received by both parties,” Harry said.

The arena opened in 1999. It has hosted appearances by two U.S. presidents, George W. Bush in October 2004 and Donald Trump this year, on Aug. 2.

The arena has also hosted graduation ceremonies, circus performances, professional wrestling, ice shows and numerous concerts, including an annual holiday-themed performance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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