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New club lounge slated for W-B/S arena

Wilkes-Barre-Scranton PenguinsThe suite level at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, the home of the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, is set to receive a makeover, as the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority works on raising revenue at the facility.

The WBS Pens have a pretty sweet suite deal with the authority: the Penguins are paid whether or not a club-level seat is sold or not. So the authority has a mighty inventive to move those 624 club-level seats, as the authority is paying the Pens $123,000 annually on 189 unsold club seats.

And a cost-effective way to do this is to revamp the arena’s lounge area. The current lounge is in a concourse; you can’t see the game if you head away for a cocktail or snack. The most cost-effective way to recoup that lost revenue, officials say, is to spend $236,000 on a conversion of storage space into a new lounge with a direct view of the ice action.

The new lounge, which will feature a full bar and food, will be able to seat 120 with tables or 257 without. An eight-foot-high glass wall would provide a view of the ice for hockey games or a stage for a concert.


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