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Proponents revive plans for new Allentown arena

Proponents are once again seeking state aid for a new arena in the Lehigh Valley to house pro hockey.

A proposal for a new arena to house AHL hockey is back on the table in the Lehigh Valley, less than a year after Gov. Ed Rendell killed state funding for such a facility.

The issue first arose earlier this year when the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) were sold to an investment group after plans were made to tear down the Spectrum. That arena proposal failed and the Phantoms relocated — temporarily, according to the owners — to Glens Falls, N.Y., and setting up shop as the Adirondack Phantoms.

However, Lehigh Valley legislators are reviving the idea of a new arena in anticipation of the next session. Rendell has always been a fan of spending state money on sports facilities, but at this point it's too early to tell if a new arena in the Allentown area is a viable proposition.

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