PITTSBURGH -- Installation work has begun on the Mario Lemieux statue that will be unveiled outside Consol Energy Center before the Maple Leafs-Penguins game on Wednesday, March 7.
Scaffolding is now in place at the statue site, which is located in the plaza of the Trib Total Media gate along Centre Avenue and across the street from the Civic Arena. That arena, which is being demolished, was the site of many of Lemieux's memorable games during his Hall of Fame career with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1984-2006.
The statue unveiling, scheduled for noon ET, will be open to the public free of charge. Highlights of the unveiling will be shown that night during telecasts of the Maple Leafs-Penguins game on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN in Canada.
No images of the statue have been released by the team. The statue is called "Le Magnifique," reflecting Lemieux's French Canadian heritage, and was funded privately by the Penguins' ownership group, labor organizations in the Pittsburgh area and members of Pittsburgh's business community.
In English, Le Magnifique translates to "The Magnificent".
The statue will be a first in the Penguins' 45-season history. No statues were erected at the Civic Arena, known for a time as Mellon Arena, during its 50 years as a sports, concert and entertainment venue.