Basic InformationTeam: Reading Royals (ECHL)
Game: 11/28/14 Royals vs Greenville Road Warriors
Team Website: www.royalshockey.com
Ticket Information: (610) 898-PUCK or www.royalshockey.com
Visitors Information: (610) 375-4085 or www.gogreaterreading.com
Online Broadcasts: www.sportsradioberks.com
Local Newspaper: Reading Eagle www.readingeagle.com
Team History: The direct descendant of the legendary Columbus (OH) Chill, the Royals dropped their first puck in Berks County in the winter of 2001. For their first eight seasons, the Royals were affiliated with the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, but prior to the 2009-10 season, the club signed an agreement to join the farm system of the nearby Philadelphia Flyers. The affiliation paid dividends, as in 2013, the team won it's first Kelly Cup, symbolizing the championship of the ECHL. Probably the best known "graduate" of Reading is goaltender Johnathan Quick, who backstopped the Kings to the 2014 Stanley Cup championship.
Affiliation: The Royals are affiliated with sports betting online the Philadelphia Flyers and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, their top farm club.
Seating Capacity: Santander Arena has a seating capacity of 7,083 for ice hockey.
Other Tenants: Previously, Santander Arena has hosted professional indoor soccer, minor league basketball, and indoor football. However, at this time, the Royals are the only professional sports tenant.
Getting There: From the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take exit 286 (US 222). Continue on 222 North to Reading. Merge on to 422 East towards Pottstown. Take the Penn Street exit, the second exit after the North Wyomissing Blvd. exit. The Santander Arena is located at 7th and Penn Streets. Parking garages are available on Franklin or Court Street.
How About That Name (And Some History): Opened in September 2001, the Santander (pronounced Sahn-tahn-dehr) Arena is located in downtown Reading on the site of the old Astor Theater. The building was originally known as the Sovereign Center, but was changed when the Spanish-based Santander Bank purchased the naming rights to the building. The Santander Performing Arts Center is also part of the arena complex.
On The Town: The seat of Berks County, Reading is located in south east Pennsylvania, and has a population of 87,893, making it the fifth largest city in the Keystone State. It is located approximately 70 miles from Harrisburg to the west and Philadelphia to the east.
The city was first established in 1748, when the Richard and Thomas Penn, the sons of state founder William Penn, mapped the area. The town was named Reading after the town of Reading in England. Many of the first settlers were originally from Germany who bought tracts of land from the Penn family. The first Amish settlement in the New World was built in the greater Reading area.
The Reading area became known as an iron and manufacturing center. During the Revolutionary War, Reading kept Washington’s troops supplied with rifles, cannon, and ammunition which helped him defeat the British.
With its central location, Reading became a transportation hub during the nineteenth century. The famous Reading Railroad was incorporated in 1833.
Famous natives of Reading include Pulitzer Prize winning writer John Updike, golfer Betsy King, Brooklyn Dodger legend Carl Furillo, and actor Michael Constantine.
Major Airport: Reading is served by Reading Regional Airport, but its proximity to Harrisburg and Philadelphia makes flying into those cities a viable alternative.
What To Do Before The Game: For me, this was an “in and outer”, so if you’re in the town for an extended period of time, you might want to contact the visitors bureau for more information. Whilst waiting for the game to start, why not relax with a beer and check out the odds at the best online casino.