The Mohegan Sun 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). Built in 1998, the Arena was originally named First Union Arena until in the summer of 2003 when First Union Bank merged into Wachovia. in 2010, the arena changed names again to what it is known as today, the Mohegan Sun Arena. Mohegan Sun 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 record for most sellouts in a season, selling out 39 home games, and ran a streak of over 140 consecutive sellouts from 2000-2004. The team, in its seventh AHL season, is consistently in the top three teams in attendance. Other than Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey games, other events that occur at the arena include NBA exhibition games, NCAA Division I basketball, circus performances, an annual Christmas-time Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance, professional ice skating shows, WWE RAW, SmackDown! and house shows, and concerts. For instance, two such concerts performed there include a November 2003 spectacular of ten American Idol finalists and, once, a Cher farewell concert. Elton John has performed in front of a sellout crowd at the Arena twice. President George W. Bush spoke at the Arena on October 22, 2004 during his campaign for re-election to the presidency of the United States.
Montage Mountain Amphitheater started as a temporary facility located behind the ski lodge on Montage Mountain. In 1999, Lackawanna County built a permanent amphitheater further down the mountain. The new location has reserved seating for 7,000 people covered by the pavilion roof, with room for another 10,500 on the lawn. In 2002 the operation of the facility was taken over by Clear Channel Communications and the building became known as the Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain. In June of 2005, upon their first visit to Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Toyota Pavilion, the Dave Matthews Band became the first concert to ever completely sell out the pavilion attracting over 18,000 people. On their return in July of 2006, they once again sold out the pavilion. In 2006, the entertainment group splintered away from Clear Channel, becoming a new, independent, company, Live Nation, and the amphitheater changed name again, this time to Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
After a year and a half long study, the Kirby Center began a complete restoration and renovation in 1997. It is located on Wilkes-Barre public square and has played host to various performers including Faith Hill, Billy Idol, the Goo Goo Dolls, Santana, and Ja Rule.
The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple was designed by Raymond Hood. It was built between 1927 and 1930. It contains 2 theaters, a grand ballroom, pottery studio, library, museum and various other meeting rooms. Today it is a regular home for various concerts and performing arts.
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