Phantoms returning to Philly for a game

    The AHL Adirondack Phantoms, who were based in Philadelphia for 13 years before moving to upstate New York this season, will return for a regular-season game against the Norfolk Admirals at the Wachovia Center on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

  “This will be a terrific opportunity for Flyers fans to see the next generation of Flyers players currently in our system,” said Peter Luukko, president of Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers' parent company. “We also know there are a lot of Phantoms fans in the Greater Philadelphia region who have asked us if we could get the Phantoms to return to play a game here."
   Tickets for children 12 and younger are $10. Individual tickets at $14, $18, and $19 are on sale through ComcastTIX on line at, by phone (1-800-298-4200) or in person at the Wachovia Center box office. There are a limited number of front-row tickets available for $33.

    Comcast-Spectacor sold the Phantoms when the company decided to close the Spectrum, where the Phantoms had played since their inaugural season in 1996-97. The Spectrum will close on Saturday, October 31, and will soon make way for Philly Live, a new retail, restaurant, and entertainment district.

    The AHL granted the Flyers a franchise on Dec. 18, 1995. The Phantoms captured the Calder Cup twice – June 10, 1998 in front of 17,380 fans at the Spectrum, then the largest crowd ever to see a Calder Cup playoff game in AHL history. The team set a new attendance record on June 10, 2005, when they captured their second Calder Cup in front of 20,103.