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An Eyesore to Some, ‘Pittsburgh’s Parthenon’ Still Has Fans

From the Wall Street Journal’s James R. Hagerty:

As architectural landmarks go, it’s hardly the Taj Mahal. It looks like a giant steel turtle bolted into a hillside, surrounded by parking lots and highways. The roof resembles an overturned mixing bowl. And its big pop-culture moment came when it was nearly blown up in Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Sudden Death.”

It’s Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, and if the Penguins hockey team has its way, the stadium will soon be torn down to make way for office buildings, shops and apartments.

The team, co-owned by supermarket mogul Ron Burkle and former Penguin star Mario Lemieux, has an option to acquire the land under the arena. Since the Penguins moved to the new glass-and-brick Consol Energy Center last year, the team says the abandoned Civic Arena has to go—it’s sitting on top of potentially lucrative real estate.

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Igloo Denied ‘Historic’ Status, Way Paved For Demolition

From Pittsburgh’s WTAE.com:

In what is apparently the final nail in the coffin of Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, Pittsburgh’s Historic Review Commission voted not to recommend to city council that the building receive a historic designation.

Channel 4 Action News’ Marcie Cipriani reported that the commission announced its decision not to designate the Igloo as a historic building at its meeting on Wednesday.  The vote paves the way for the razing of the arena.

The Sports and Exhibition Authority voted unanimously in September to tear down the old arena, but the planning commission’s approval was also required for any demolitions and redevelopment within Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle.

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Penguins Study the Lay of the New Rink at Consol Energy Center

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Shelly Anderson:

It didn’t take Penguins coach Dan Bylsma long to realize that not everything about the luxurious Consol Energy Center suited him.

At the first home preseason game, he looked up from the bench and saw an image of himself on the huge video board so clear that he thought, “I’m going to have to worry about my hair more.”

Idiosyncrasies aside, the Penguins have given mostly two gloved-thumbs up as they adjust to their new home, which they will officially be christened Thursday night in their regular-season opener against Philadelphia.

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Board Votes to Demolish Civic/Mellon Arena

From Mark Belko of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

The Civic Arena is headed for demolition.

The city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority voted unanimously this morning to proceed with steps necessary to raze the 49-year-old landmark to make way for a Penguins-led redevelopment.

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Winter Classic Week to Feature AHL/NCAA doubleheader on Dec. 30th

From the Penguins:

A unique doubleheader featuring an American Hockey League game and an NCAA Division I game will be played Thursday, Dec. 30 at CONSOL Energy Center – part of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ weeklong celebration of hockey in the week leading up to the 2011 Bridgestone Winter Classic.

Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University, which last year shocked the college hockey world by upsetting No. 1 Miami, will take on 2010 NCAA Frozen Four participant RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) in the college game at 3 p.m.

The Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, will then meet the rival Hershey Bears in the minor pro game at 7:30 p.m. Hershey is the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate.

 

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Penguins to hold General Public Open House at new arena on Aug. 28th

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins will hold an open house at CONSOL Energy Center for the general public on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available for a $5 donation. Proceeds will go to the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, which supports youth initiatives and youth hockey.

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the arena and explore interactive areas, including the Trib Total Media Penguins All-Time Team Zone and the Highmark Kids Zone, as well as the lower and upper concourses, the PNC Legends Level and more! Tours of the locker rooms and other private areas throughout the facility will not be available.

Tickets will be available for purchase starting Thursday at 10 a.m. at ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center.

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Consol Energy Center ready for Sir Paul and the Penguins

What a difference four months make.

If you recall back in April I posted about the Penguins’ blogger’s tour of the Consol Energy Center that the Pens were gracious enough to arrange.  While you could tell it was going to be an outstanding all-purpose arena for the Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh for many years, many of the finishing touches weren’t yet complete at that time.  Flooring was unfinished, carpeting wasn’t installed, much of the painting hadn’t yet started, and the much-publicized enormous scoreboard was just getting constructed.

Well, the Penguins wanted to repeat their offer last week and invited the Pens’ bloggers back to tour the new arena one last time, this time with nearly everything ready to go for Sir Paul McCartney on August 18th.  I was unable to make it up there to tour the facility with my blogger colleagues, but after some ball-busting from Penguins’ Director of Media Technology Chris Devivo, I was able to set up a hastily-arranged tour for my son and I with Chris.

As I tweeted when I finished the tour yesterday, the word that came to mind = Spectacular.

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Penguins Announce All-Time Team

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins today announced their All-Time Team and unveiled a unique interactive display that will honor Penguins’ history, just inside the Trib Total Media gate at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Trib Total Media Penguins All-Time Team Zone features touch screens with video, photos, bios and stats of the 15 players on the All-Time Team, as well as some of the most influential coaches, general managers, executives and support staff members in team history.

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Penguins to unveil All-Time Team on Friday at New Arena

From the Penguins:

The Pittsburgh Penguins will unveil their All-Time Team—and a unique, interactive zone for fans that will celebrate team history – at a media conference Friday at 11 a.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

It will be held next to the All-Time Team display, just inside the Trib Total Media gate. The gate is along Centre Avenue, near the intersection with Washington Place and the Epiphany Church.

The Trib Total Media Penguins All-Time Team Zone will feature touch screens for fans and offer video, photos, stats and bios of the 15 members of the All-Time Team and other important figures in team history. The team was selected in a vote of fans – balloting through Trib Total Media – and a panel of media and team officials. Active players were not eligible.

The interactive display also will include virtual Stanley Cups and video of great moments in Penguins history. Media members will have a chance to experience the display at the end of the conference.

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Consol Energy Center first Arena to earn LEED Gold certification

From the Penguins:

CONSOL Energy Center has achieved LEED Gold certification, becoming the first NHL arena to reach that standard of sustainability, it was announced today by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sports & Exhibition Authority.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), established by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the nationally-accepted standard for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. LEED ratings are based on a points system organized by categories such as energy and atmosphere, building materials and resources, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design.

The CONSOL Energy Center project achieved 42 points under this system, as verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). A minimum of 39 points is required for LEED Gold certification.  The official designation is LEED-NC Version 2.2.

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