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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Andy's Angles: The Arena

I have to admit I was wrong about the arena in Wilkes-Barre Township.

Arenas are notorious money losers.  This one got off to a good start, and it appears to have kept up the momentum.  It's always busy here-- and with some big name acts.

The main tenant, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins still draw, and I didn't think hockey would take off around here.

There is no doubt it has been an economic boost, but I think a lot of that comes from the construction of an adjacent Interstate 81 exit.

Challenges lie ahead.  The arena opened in 1999.  It has to renovate and modernize to stay competitive.