After being unveiled this spring, a 10-year Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) lease extension for Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is on the verge of being official.
In May, the Pittsburgh Penguins–owner of the AHL Penguins–and Luzerne County Convention Center Authority announced that they had agreed in principal to a 10-year lease extension, effectively keeping the team at the venue until 2029. The deal has moved closer to being officially authorized, as the authority’s board members voted to approve a resolution to execute the agreement Wednesday.
It is now up to team ownership to sign the agreement, which is expected to happen on Friday. More from the Times Leader:
“I am pleased to say that we have a contract completed and it will be signed today, with your blessing, on our behalf and provided to the Penguins,” said Gary Zingaretti, authority chairman.
The two sides agreed in principle months ago to extend the lease for another 10 years and have been going back and forth to get it done. A trip across the state to Pittsburgh where the National Hockey League’s Penguins play should wrap it up.
“I’m going out to Pittsburgh tomorrow night and I will get it signed on Friday,” said Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins President and CEO Jeff Barrett.
The Penguins have played at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza since its 1999 opening. The team’s 2019-20 season gets underway next month.
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