Negotiations Ongoing To Keep W-B/Scranton Penguins At Arena

January 17, 2019
Negotiations Ongoing To Keep W-B/Scranton Penguins At Arena

Negotiations to keep the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ice hockey team at Mohegan Sun Arena are ongoing.

Following the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority’s first meeting of 2019 on Wednesday, member Donna Cupinski said the board is actively in talks with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. However, she was not allowed to give any details per a nondisclosure agreement.

“We’re doing what’s in the best interest of fans, the community and everyone involved,” Cupinski said. “We can’t help the rumors (from circulating).”

The current agreement is set to expire at the end of June. The Penguins are in the middle of their 20th season as a tenant at the facility.

Additionally, no changes are planned for the arena’s new security procedures. Metal detectors were installed at the end of December, and a clear bag policy was instituted for the start of the new year.

“We’ve had two hockey games and eight ‘Disney On Ice’ shows with (the changes),” said Brian Sipe, arena general manager. “People have been getting in faster. It’s going well. ... For now, we’re going to stick with it.”

Sipe added that paper announcements detailing the new policy are available at the arena parking booths.

The board held officer elections Wednesday, naming Gary Zingaretti as its new chairman. Former chairman Ed Harry and Frank Conyngham are no longer on the board, and both were recognized for their contributions during the meeting.

Other appointments included Cupinski as vice chair, Tom Woods as secretary and Anthony Ryba as treasurer. New members to the board included Peter Biscontini and Gene Rafalli.

The board also approved a 15-year bond refinancing plan for two outstanding debts totaling more than $23 million.

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tpiccotti@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2089; @CVPiccotti

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