The wait is over for Lehigh Valley Pantoms fans who want to stock up on gear. A merchandise kiosk is now open at the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., just north of Allentown.
"My son and I were big Phantoms' fans when the Phantoms were in Philadelphia, and we used to go to maybe 12-15 games a year," said Steve Cherrybom. "And I miss them."
"We're big hockey fans," smiled Irene Minney. "And we think it's great that the team is here and we just want to support them 1,000 percent."
"Since we went live over a year ago people have wanted merchandise," explained Erik Hansen, vice president of ticket sales. "They want to support the team."
The Philadelphia Flyers' minor league affiliate opened a kiosk Thursday. Workers said fans have been flocking to scoop up the Phantoms gear.
"We were doing a little Christmas shopping, but we actually came to see the kiosk," laughed Minney.
Minney and her family already have season tickets for the inaugural 2014 season. She said the kiosk is the perfect place to load up on apparel for Christmas.
"I think it's very nice. I like the embroidered apparel, and our kids will like everything else," she said.
The Phantoms currently play in New York, but plan to move to the PPL Center being built in Allentown in September of next year.
"We've already sold over 2,600 full season tickets, so it's not too soon," added Hansen.
Now you can buy all the gear you'll need to show support on opening day.
"I'm excited about the arena, the proximity, half an hour away. That's gonna be great," Cherrybom said.
The kiosk will be open during regular mall hours through the end of December.