Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
|Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza|
|Mohegan Sun Arena or The Arena|
|Former names||Northeastern Pennsylvania Civic Arena and Convention Center (1998–2000)
First Union Arena (2000–2003)
Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza (2003–2010)
|Location||255 Highland Park Boulvevard
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18703, United States
|Broke ground||September 15, 1997|
|Opened||November 13, 1999|
|Construction cost||$44 million
($61.7 million in 2013 dollars)
|Project manager||Hammes Company|
|Structural engineer||Quad3 Group, Inc.|
|Services engineer||Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.|
|General contractor||Oscar J. Boldt Construction Company|
|Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) (1999–present)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (af2) (2002–2009)
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (originally Northeastern Pennsylvania Civic Arena and Convention Center, formerly First Union Arena and Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza) is an 8,300-seat multi-purpose arena located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States, managed by SMG.
Built in 1998 due to the instrumental work of Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey, Sr. and his successor, Tom Ridge and due to the dedication and support of State Representative Kevin Blaum, the arena was originally named the Northeastern Pennsylvania Civic Arena and Convention Center. In 2000, the naming rights were sold to First Union Bank, becoming First Union Arena, until the summer of 2003, when First Union Bank merged into Wachovia, at which point it became Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. On January 20, 2010, the arena became Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, as part of a 10-year naming rights contract with the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs racetrack and casino.
It has been home to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, of the AHL since 1999, and the former home of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers, of the AF2 League. In January 2012 it became home to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Shamrocks of the North American Lacrosse League.
Recognition and events
The Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza has been recognized by many entertainment magazines as one of the best in the country for arenas under 10,000 in capacity, especially for its attendance and ease of show setup and teardown. The Penguins hold the American Hockey League record for most sellouts in a season, selling out all 40 home games in 2002–03 and 2003–04, and ran a streak of 90 consecutive sellouts between March 2002 and October 2004, and 54 from December 2000 to February 2002.
Other than Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey games, other events that occur at the arena include concerts, circus performances, an annual Christmas-time Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance, professional ice-skating shows, WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown!, professional wrestling live events, concerts, Harlem Globetrotters and the annual graduation ceremonies for nearby King's College, University of Scranton, Luzerne County Community College, and Marywood University. It also was host to the 2007 WWE Draft that was live on Monday Night Raw on June 11, 2007.
Notes and references
- "Arena Panel to Firm: Dig This Weather Permitting, Excavation for the $44 Million Facility Will Begin Monday". The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre). September 12, 1997. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
- Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza – About the Arena
- Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2013. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- "Firm Profile In House – Quad3".
- "First Union Arena". Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. Archived from the original on March 8, 2004. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
- Ralis, David J. (January 30, 1998). "Wisconsin Firm Gets Ok to Build Arena". The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre). Retrieved May 15, 2012.
- Jones, Coulter (December 28, 2009). "Mohegan Sun Receives Naming Rights to the Arena at Casey Plaza". The Times-Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
- Icecaps Reach Attendance Milestone