When opened in 2010, this building and the arena it houses replaced the Penguins’ old home which was known as the Civic Arena, a sports complex that could date its origins way back to 1961.
That old building, which early on had been called Mellon Arena, was worn down and somewhat outdated when the Pittsburgh Penguins changed addresses. The ultra-modern Consol Energy Center received lots of praise when construction was finally completed and the building opened its gates for real in 2010.
At that time, the new sports complex received a great deal of attention and many positive reviews. In fact, as the very first-ever building to feature Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), it became gold-certified in two sports leagues, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Arena Football League (AFL).
Additionally, and importantly, this then-brand new facility received high praise as the world’s best arena when it won both the “Best New Major Concert Venue” a Pollstar Concert Industry award and “Best NHL Arena,” a fan poll that appeared in the Sports Business Journal.
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This remarkable arena, still looking sparkling new at five years of age, is a multi-purpose venue and home to the Pittsburgh Penguins and until this year, the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League (AFL).
Its capacity for ice hockey games is eighteen thousand three hundred eighty-seven. It can seat as many as nineteen thousand one hundred fans for a professional or college basketball game. And concerts fill the arena when nineteen thousand seven hundred fifty-eight fans buy tickets.
Many big name music artists have had shows before sellout crowds at Consol Energy Center. The very first concert featured legendary Paul McCartney. Others that have appeared on the arena’s set-up-for-music stage include Reba McEntire, Lady Gaga, George Strait, all in the arena’s first month of existence and Justin Bieber and Cher both of whom appeared more recently.
As is the case for almost all arenas in North America, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is a frequent visitor to this building. The wrestling organization has produced its weekly Monday Night Raw and Smackdown shows from the Pittsburgh venue while also treating local fans to some Pay-Per-View mega-events, such as Summer Slam.
There can be no doubt that Consol Energy Center is the sports and entertainment hub of the Western Pennsylvania city that is located close to the Ohio border.
After just five years, it is “the place to go” for Pittsburgh residents. There is every reason to believe its popularity will remain constant for years to come.
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