The Adirondack Phantoms are in the middle of their best season since coming to Glens Falls two and a half years ago. Right now their winning percentage sits right at .500 for the season.
A winning record won’t keep the team in town though. Brothers Robert and Jim Brooks, owners of the Adirondack Phantoms, announced that the team plans to move to Allentown, Pennsylvania after next season. This announcement doesn’t come as a huge surprise to many.
The Brooks brothers had been planning from the beginning to move the team back down to Pennsylvania when a facility becomes available. Construction on a new $158 million arena began in Allentown last month.
Mayor Diamond, Glens Falls leaders, and the Brooks brothers all vow to try to lure another hockey team into town to use the Glens Falls Civic Center for their home ice. The city is an attractive destination, and when a few thousand people are in the Civic Center, it creates a very exciting atmosphere for the players.
All are hopeful for another team that plays a similar brand of hockey to call the Civic Center their home. From what I can remember, The Civic Center was originally home to the Adirondack Red Wings, followed by the Ice Hawks, the Frostbite, then the Phantoms. Who will be next? Hopefully another AHL affiliate!
The next game at the Civic Center is on Friday, February 3, against the Norfolk Admirals, puck drops at 7pm. The regular season runs through the middle of April.