Economy forces delay in Phantoms' new arena
A hockey arena that will be home to the Flyers' minor league affiliate in Allentown won't be open until at least 2013.
Mayor Ed Pawlowski says the arena on the Lehigh River has had trouble lining up financing in a struggling economy. That means the arena won't meet its target opening date of October 2012.
Pawlowski says the delay in construction of the $80 million, 10,000-seat arena means a new bridge should be completed in time for the first game. That will greatly improve access to the arena.
The Phantoms previously played home games in the Spectrum, but were forced to move after plans were made to demolish the arena. The franchise is temporarily playing home games in Glens Falls, N.Y.
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