The first seats for the new PPL Center arrived in grand style, similar to the arrival of an artist who will soon perform at the arena. Delivered by limousine and carried down a red carpet, the first seats were installed as State Senator Pat Browne and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski were given the honor of being the first to sit and test their comfort level after they were permanently placed in the new home of the Philadelphia Phantoms.
“They’re very comfortable, with plenty of room,” said Mayor Pawlowski. “I think everyone who sits in this arena will be quite comfortable. I can’t wait for the arena to open and for everyone in the Lehigh Valley and beyond to enjoy it.”
The seats are All-American, manufactured by Irwin Seating Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan. All the seats will have access to a cup holder which will be attached to the back of the seat in front of them, except those in the front row, which will have cup holders on the arm rest.
During the five week installation process at the arena, Contractors for A.H. Butz will install 7,009 bowl seats, 1099 club seats, and 533 suite seats, which will take about five weeks to install. All seats are expected to be in place by the week of August 18. The seats for the club and suite seats will be bigger than those in bowl area.
PPL Center will seat more than 10,000 spectators for concerts and more than 8,500 for Phantoms Hockey. Spectators will get to try out the new seats when the Eagles, one of the biggest selling classic rock bands of all time, christen the arena on September 12th.
The Phantoms are the American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, and the puck will drop for the first time for a pre-season game on October first against the Hershey Bears, a former Flyers affiliate. Their first regular season home game will be on October 17th.