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Philadelphia Flyers, Lehigh Valley Phantoms to open PPL Center with exhibition game

The first hockey game at the PPL Center will be an intra-organization affair.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phantoms closed the Spectrum in 2009 with a preseason farewell game. Five years later, with the Phantoms moving back from their upstate New York outpost back into our vicinity, the teams will open a new arena.

A Lehigh Valley Phantoms spokesman confirmed to BSH this morning reports that the Flyers and Phantoms will play in a preseason exhibition at the brand new PPL Center in Allentown, the new home of the Phantoms. The game will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27 and will be the first hockey game played at the new barn.

Correction: an earlier version of this story said the game would be played the 26th.

It won't be Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek vs. an AHL team, though. Each team will be a split squad, with Flyers and Phantoms players playing on both side. Indeed, we could actually see some NHL regulars in AHL sweaters for the game, which would be pretty cool.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow.