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Skate on the ice of Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre for one day only on Dec. 2

Skate on the ice of Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre for one day only on Dec. 2
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From a press release:

The Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township will once again open its doors for public ice skating on Thursday, Dec. 2 for the annual Toys for Tots Open Skate, presented by Utz in support of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

Anyone bringing a new, unwrapped toy or making a $5 contribution to Toys for Tots is permitted to participate in the open skate, which will run from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

This is the only day throughout the year that the public is allowed to skate on the ice at Mohegan Sun Arena (255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.), home to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Patrons must bring their own skates to participate in the open skate. Mohegan Sun Arena will not have skates on site for rent, and all guests that will be going onto the ice will need to be wearing skates.

Skate rentals are available at the Toyota SportsPlex Community Ice Rink (38 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre) for $4 per pair starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1. There are a limited number of skate rentals available. Proper photo ID and a credit card must be presented to rent skates. All skates must be returned to the Toyota SportsPlex before noon on Friday, Dec. 3.

Complimentary snacks will be available for guests courtesy of Utz Snack Foods, and light refreshments will be available for purchase, with partial proceeds donated to Toys for Tots.

All guests in attendance will have the opportunity to win some great prizes while at the event, like tickets to Disney on Ice and the Harlem Globetrotters at the arena, tickets to a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game, tickets to see Jason Isbell at the F.M. Kirby Center, tickets for a surprise family show being announced on Nov. 30, jump passes to Sky Zone Pittston, a Mohegan Sun Pocono prize pack, an LT Verrastro prize pack, a $50 Red Robin gift card, and more.

Arena manager ASM Global reminds everyone attending events at the venue to adhere to the new hygiene and security policies in place consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance for the safety of all participants, guests, and employees at the arena, including:

  • Face coverings and social distancing for guests who are fully vaccinated is not required but is strongly encouraged per current recommendations from the CDC.
  • All guests 2 years of age and older who are not fully vaccinated must wear face coverings during their visit except while actively eating or drinking.
  • Guests do not need to show physical proof of being fully vaccinated.
  • The venue will rely on our guests to accurately follow the guidelines based on their vaccination status.

If a guest is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, has a COVID-19 test result pending, is under a healthcare provider’s care for a positive COVID-19 test, or has been exposed to COVID-19 (unless fully vaccinated), ASM Global asks that they stay home.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources, our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

The Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is owned by the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, a government body appointed by Luzerne County, and managed by ASM Global, a global leader in venue and event strategy and management that delivers locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues.