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Pittsburgh awards demolition contract for Civic Arena

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Despite a federal lawsuit arguing Civic Arena should be saved, Pittsburgh’s Sports & Exhibition Authority is moving ahead with razing of the historic structure and awarded a $2.9-million bid for demolition.

Noralco Corp. of Penn Hills was awarded the contract to tear down the former home of the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) and certainly one of the most unique arenas ever built. With a steel exterior and a retractable roof, the facility was originally built for open-air opera concerts and later used as a sports venue. With the Penguins now playing at Consol Energy Center, the arena site has been tabbed for redevelopment.

Noralco has been responsible for tearing down many landmarks in the Pittsburgh area, including Forbes Field.

Despite the award, there will be no demolition in the near future; a federal lawsuit filed by Preserve Pittsburgh must play out before anything is done.

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