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Crews pour concrete floor of arena in Allentown

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 11 2014 04:02:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 11 2014 06:09:55 PM CDT

Crews pour concrete on ice floor at PPL Center

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

As work on the PPL Center progresses, the arena is closer to having ice.

Crews poured about 315 cubic yards of concrete on the ice floor Friday.

"It was a very important and successful milestone today," said Greg Butz, president and CEO of Alvin H. Butz, Inc. "A lot of work left to go. It was a rough winter obviously but we're making good progress now."

Underneath the floor are 15 tons of rebar and 12 miles of refrigerant pipes, along with other materials.

"We're definitely really excited because I think any time you talk about ice making capabilities and just ice in general, it's a reminder that the Phantoms are coming," said Lehigh Valley Phantoms co-owner Jim Brooks. "There's really not many venues in the United States that not only have 10,000 seats but ice making capability as well."

Brooks said they already have 3,000 season ticket holders.

While workers make progress on the arena, the site is making an impression.

"It's a beautiful facility, it really fits in. I'm impressed because it fits in with the neighborhood," said David Rossetti, President of DJ Rossetti, Inc. out of Malta, New York. His commercial concrete company poured the concrete Friday.

"This is, I believe, our 71st ice rink that we've done over the last 20 years," said Rossetti.

"They did a really nice job with the planning and the architecture," he added.

The ice will be added over the summer and the PPL Center is slated to open September first.