The former Philadelphia Phantoms will play in Glens Falls until a new Lehigh Valley arena is built — and some locals hope that never happens.The former Philadelphia Phantoms will play in Glens Falls until a new Lehigh Valley arena is built — and some locals hope that never happens.
Yesterday the AHL formally approved the transfer of ownership of the Philadelphia Phantoms franchise from Philadelphia Phantoms, LP, to a newly formed entity known as Phantoms Hockey LLC, owned by the Brooks Group. Subsequently, the Brooks Group was granted approval to relocate its AHL franchise from Philadelphia to Glens Falls, N.Y., beginning with the 2009-10 season.
The new Phantoms ownership had made a tentative commitment to Glens Falls if 2,500 season tickets were sold. That figure wasn’t reached — only 1,676 were sold as of yesterday — but they went ahead and formalized the move. The Phantoms were left without a home after Comcast-Spectacor announced plans to tear down the Spectrum and replace it with an entertainment district.
The Glens Falls Civic Center is the former home to the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings and the UHL’s Adirondack Frontbite.
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