The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority officially announced a ten-year contract lease extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The deal includes major upgrades for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, including a new locker room and team facilities. Fan experience will also be enhanced with the implementation of a new LED lighting system and a ribbon board to run along the lower bowl. There is currently no timetable on when these upgrades will be made.
“We always worked together well in discussions, but we had to fix a model that was 20-years old and do something that’s good for us, the authority and the fans,” WBS Penguins CEO Jeff Barrett said.
In addition to the lease extension, the LCCCA also announced that Will Beekman will leave the F.M. Kirby Center to become the new general manager of the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Beekman actually began his career with the WBS Penguins as an intern in the early 2000’s.
“It feels like a homecoming for me,” Beekman said. “I worked a little more than 300 hockey games here over the course of six years, so to be coming back to this venue, in obviously a different capacity, is exciting for me.”
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