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Penguins Show Preliminary Arena Sketches

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Penguins on Tuesday showed sketches of design concepts of the outside of the new Pittsburgh arena.

A look up Centre Avenue.

The concepts of what the building could like look were developed by architects at HOK Sport in their early planning for the new arena, scheduled to open in the fall of 2010.

“We are still very much in the preliminary planning process, and still gathering input from the community and our fans,” said Ken Sawyer, the Penguins; CEO. “But, with so much interest in the new arena project, we wanted to show these early sketches at our public meeting on Tuesday. I think they underscore the kind of impact this exciting new project can have on the city and the region.”

An artist's sketch of a view up Centre Ave. with the new arena included.

The site for the new arena – bordering Centre Avenue, Washinkgton Place and Fifth Avenue – is currently being cleared. The historic Church of the Epiphany will remain at the corner of Centre and Washington, with the new arena located behind it, extending down to Fifth Avenue.

The Penguins are continuing to seek input on the arena from the local community as well as fans and season ticket holders.

An artist's sketch of the inside of the new arena with a view of Pittsburgh's skyline

Groundbreaking for the new arena is expected in the spring of 2008.

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