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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Isle of Capri & Penguins Supporters Expected to Gather Downtown

Pittsburgh First supporters are encouraged to gather at Mellon Square Park on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 to rally for the proposal set forth by Isle of Capri that would privately fund the construction of a $290 million multi-purpose arena for the region and spearhead over $1 billion in redevelopment throughout the lower Hill District.  The event will take place while the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board holds its public input hearings at the Omni William Penn hotel, located adjacent to Mellon Square Park.  The input gathered at the meetings is said to play an important role in the awarding of the sole slots license in Pittsburgh.

Events planned throughout the day include a performance by Pittsburgh-based band Jimmy Sapienza’s Five Guys Named Moe from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Sapienza’s original song "I Love Pittsburgh" won the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Best Pittsburgh Song Contest in March 2006.  The song is now being considered for designation as Pittsburgh’s official theme song.

The State College band “Velveeta” will kick off the evening activities at 5:00 pm with a crowd-pleasing concert of popular 80’s cover songs.

The formal rally will begin at 5:45 pm with WDVE Morning Show hosts Jim Krenn, Randy Baumann and Val Porter serving as emcees.  Speakers include Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer and Pittsburgh First representative Rev. James Simms.  Additional speakers are scheduled to participate.

“This is a unique opportunity for the community to show the Gaming Control Board that the Pittsburgh First plan is truly the best option for the region,” said Rev. James Simms.

Pittsburgh First Supporters are asked to attend the events throughout the day with an emphasis being placed on the evening rally.  Free parking will be available after 3:00 pm in the Mellon Arena lots for supporters traveling to the city from outlying communities.

Mellon Square Park is located on the corners of William Penn Place and Sixth Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. 

Complimentary food and beverages will be available courtesy of various Pittsburgh First supporters throughout the morning rush hour, the lunchtime concert and the evening rally while supplies last.

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