Phantoms Formally Break Ground on New Allentown Arena with Use of Ceremonial Shovels

Phantoms Formally Break Ground on New Allentown Arena with Use of Ceremonial Shovels

The Phantoms, Flyers, state and local officials staged the formal groundbreaking ceremony for  Lehigh Valley's new minor league hockey arena in Allentown on Thursday.

Of course, as The Morning Call points out in the first two graphs of its writeup:

In reality, ground was broken for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms' new hockey arena months ago.

Many tons of earth have already been hauled away in clattering dump trucks, creating a muddy 30-foot-deep hole at Seventh and Hamilton streets from which Allentown's $272 million arena complex will soon rise.

Still, nothing like a good photo op with some shovel that appear to resemble hockey sticks. I want one of these.


The article further states that 1,700 season tickets have already been sold for the 8,500-seat venue set to open for the 2014 season.

Both pictures above come the MCall, who we imagine we'll be relying on heavily over the next couple years for all your minor league hockey architectural updates.

Check out their full write up, gallery and video of the ceremony here:

>> Phantoms, Allentown formally launch arena construction

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P