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Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
Wachovia Arena or The Arena
Location 255 Highland Park Boulvevard
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18703, United States
Opened 1999
Owner Luzerne County
Operator SMG
Surface Ice, Turf
Former names Northeastern Pennsylvania Civic Arena and Convention Center (1998-2000)
First Union Arena (2000-2003)
Tenants Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (American Hockey League) (1999-present)
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (af2) (2002-present)
Capacity 8,343 (Hockey)
7,950 (Football)
10,000 (Concerts)

The Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza is an 8,300-seat multi-purpose arena located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, managed by SMG.

The arena is home to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ice-hockey team (American Hockey League) and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers (arenafootball2). Built in 1998, the arena was originally named the Northeastern Pennsylvania Civic Arena and Convention Center. In 2000, the naming rights were sold to First Union Bank, making it the First Union Arena until summer 2003 when First Union Bank merged into Wachovia.

Recognition and events

The Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza has been recognized by many entertainment magazines as one of the best in the country for arenas under 10,000 in capacity, especially for its attendance and ease of show setup and teardown. The Penguins hold the American Hockey League record for most sellouts in a season, selling out all 40 home games in 2002-03 and 2003-04, and ran a streak of 144 consecutive sellouts in the building from 2000-2004. The team is consistently among the AHL's leaders in attendance.

The Arena during a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey game.

External links

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