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Government Officials, Penguins Break Ground on New Multi-Purpose Arena

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Related link: New Arena Website | Ceremony Video | Arena Fly-Through Video | Ceremony Photos |

Ken Sawyer, David Morehouse and Mario Lemieux
PITTSBURGH — Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, and officials of the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County (SEA) joined Pittsburgh Penguins Owner Mario Lemieux, Chief Executive Officer Ken Sawyer, and Team President David Morehouse today to break ground on the new multi-purpose arena that will be the home of the Penguins for at least the next 30 years.

“I am delighted to be a part of this historic event,” said Rendell. “Construction of this new multi-purpose arena will provide immediate economic stimulus by creating construction jobs, but more importantly, this arena will benefit residents for decades to come. In addition to keeping the Penguins in Pittsburgh, the arena will attract more shows and events because of improved performance space, seating and technology.”

The ceremonial groundbreaking took place on the future site of “center ice” in the new state-of-the-art facility, which is being built across the street from Mellon Arena between Centre and Fifth avenues.

“This facility will not only be home to the Pittsburgh Penguins for years to come, but it will also serve as an entertainment centerpiece and economic generator for our entire region,” said Onorato. “We expect the multi-purpose arena to attract world-class concerts, family shows and other events to Southwestern Pennsylvania year round.”

“Through strong leadership and a vision, the Pittsburgh Penguins will soon be playing in a top-notch arena,” said Ravenstahl.  “Very soon, our City will be able to attract larger events in this multi-use facility, spurring more development around Pittsburgh’s new and improved ‘face’.”
The new multi-purpose arena will seat 18,087 fans for hockey games, approximately 1,100 more than Mellon Arena. The development will also include a 500-car parking garage, surface parking lot and event staging area.

“This is an exciting day for the Penguins and our region, and we will be proud to be the anchor tenant of this new multi-purpose facility,” said Lemieux. “We look forward to opening the NHL season here in October 2010.”

“The Sports & Exhibition Authority is pleased to have completed the site acquisition, relocation and demolition for the new arena,” said SEA Board Chairman John Chalovich.  “The Authority has officially turned over the site to the developer and continues coordination with the Commonwealth, County, City, Penguins and Hill District community leaders.  We now begin the construction phase of the project, and in 2010, our collective work will result in a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility for the region.”

HOK Sport is the architect for the project and PJ Dick/Hunt Construction JV is the construction manager. Construction on the arena began this week and is expected to be complete by August 2010.

Click here for more information, drawings and videos of the new arena.
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