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Pittsburgh chooses to tear down Igloo, drawing lawsuit

{jathumbnail off} After the Pittsburgh City Council voted to tear down historic Civic Arena, Preservation Pittsburgh filed suit in federal court, arguing that preservation guidelines were not followed during consideration of that action. Despite efforts by Preservation Pittsburgh to identify alternative uses for the arena now that the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) moved to Consol Energy Center, no one has stepped ... Read More »

Future of Civic Arena still under debate

{jathumbnail off} The fate of Civic Arena, the landmark arena in Pittsburgh, is still under debate, as the Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission continues to debate over whether to grant it landmark status. The commission has already given preliminary approval for landmark status, meaning the City-Allegheny Sports & Exhibition Authority cannot tear down the facility to make way for redevelopment. At ... Read More »

Civic Arena demolition authorized; preservationists step in to delay

{jathumbnail off} Although the Pittsburgh Planning Commission voted to allow the demolition of Civic Arena yesterday, preservationists nominated the facility as a historic building with the Historic Review Commission; the mandatory review could delay the proceeds for upwards of a year. Two groups — Reuse the Igloo and Preservation Pittsburgh — have been working on a plan to save the ... Read More »

Fate of Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena to be decided today

{jathumbnail off} The Pittsburgh Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) should decide today whether to tear down Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena, and it sounds like a last-minute stab at public support for keeping the historic facility open will come up short. There’s a lot of passion in some circles to keep the arena open, but the SEA has an agreement to tear ... Read More »

Decision on Civic Arena future due Thursday

The future of Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena should be decided Thursday when the City-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) decides whether to tear down the historic facility. The arena’s run as a distinctive feature on the Pittsburgh skyline could end if the SEA agrees with a commissioned study that indicates the public would be better served with a demolished arena ... Read More »

Preservation Pittsburgh seeks ideas for continuing use of Civic Arena

Have some ideas on the future of the former Civic Arena? Preservation Pittsburgh announces a call for entries for “Civic Minded: Minding the Future of the Civic Arena,” a design competition intended to generate adaptive reuse ideas for the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. Mellon Arena is now without a tenant or a use after the move of the NHL’s Pittsburgh ... Read More »

Penguins move offices to new arena

Another milestone in the opening of Consol Energy Center, the new home of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins: yesterday the team took possession of the office space and moved in. Up to 70 employees made the move from temporary offices at Chatham Center; they moved there after being displaced from Mellon Arena. The first event at the arena is scheduled for ... Read More »

Taylor, King close down Mellon Arena

This weekend saw the final performance in Mellon Arena history, as Carole King and James Taylor performed in concert, some 49 years after Judy Garland broke in Civic Arena. The concert was Saturday night. Judy Garland performed the first concert after the opening on Civic Arena on Oct. 19, 1961; over the years the arena was home to concerts by ... Read More »

Consultants: No future for Mellon Arena

The Sports & Exhibition Authority is recommending that Mellon Arena, the former home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, be torn down to make way for a housing and retail development, but preservationists are crying foul. In a draft recommendation, the authority — a city/county entity whose members are appointed by the mayor and Allegheny County — says the mixed-use development is ... Read More »

Mellon Arena roof may be opened one last time

As the Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for a move to a new arena, the final days of Mellon Arena are at hand — and the place may go out with a bang, as officials look at opening the retractable roof for the final concert at the Igloo. The roof has not been opened since 1995. There are some technical reasons for ... Read More »

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