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Another new AHL city rumor


I live in Syracuse now, but I grew up in a small town in eastern PA called Nazareth. Formerly, there was an auto racetrack, the Nazareth Speedway, but it closed down a year or two ago. Apparently, a local developer wants to build an arena on the site. He would like to lure an AHL team to the area.

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The project centers on an 8,000-seat Monolithic Dome, so named by Monolithic Constructors Inc., the Texas company that builds it. Atiyeh hopes its primary tenant would be an American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Rangers or New Jersey Devils. He expressed confidence the sport would find a fan base in the Lehigh Valley.
For what it's worth, the Lehigh Valley (includes cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton and surrounds) has about 800k people; that's about the same size as some other markets (Hershey, Syracuse, WB/S) that hold a team just fine. I think with the right marketing, it could be a success. (And what a rivalry triangle: Philly-Hershey-Lehigh Valley!)

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Nazareth and Bethlehem?? Wonder what they would call the team.

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Nazareth and Bethlehem?? Wonder what they would call the team.
The LeHigh Valley Ascension

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I live in the Area and there is no way that a team would have a fan base enough around here...would be nice though, but...sorry not gonna happen

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Team name ideas:

the Nazareth Converts aka God's gift to hockey (get it?...sorry)
the Nazereth Virgins...Mary and all that
the Nazerth Sheperds
the Nazereth Homeboys...sponsored by the makers of the "Jesus is my Homeboy" hats

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the region attempted to build an arena in Allentown for an UHL franchise that never came to fruition---Lehigh Valley Xtreme.....

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Originally Posted by CHRDANHUTCH
the region attempted to build an arena in Allentown for an UHL franchise that never came to fruition---Lehigh Valley Xtreme.....
That is correct. The venture went bankrupt before the arena could be built. I remember that the team even hired Dave Schultz as the coach.

I don't think that the Lehigh Valley area could support a minor league franchise, especially when there are 4 or 5 other options within a 2 hour driving radius (WB/S, Reading, Hershey, Philly).

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The Virgin Mary's??
The Pope Benidicts?
The Star's (of David)

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FINALLY! Someone smart enough to build a Monolithic Dome for an Arena. It'll cost him about 15-20 million to build the arena, plus land costs, so really there is no danger of it going under, just the question remains can the area support an AHL franchise...

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For all the 70's rockers out there, I would name the team:

The Nazareth Razamanazz.

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Heres one I heard recently.

Providence would be moved to play in Worcester for 2 years while they renovated the arena in Providence. Any truth to this. I would hate it. Worcester is not as close for me as Providence is. 2 years to renovate? They cant do something in the offseason? I know I heard they were gonna put in new seats and seamless glass. But nothing that would take too long.

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The Nazareth Love Hurtses

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I used to live in Belfast, Pa. Just down the road from Naz. I think the team should steer a more non-secular course - maybe the Belfast Bombers!

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