Pittsburgh had four indoor hockey rinks where competitive, professional hockey was played.
The fifth arena is currently in the planning stages with a groundbreaking
scheduled for the first week of August 2008.
1. The Schenley Park Casino (1895-1896)
2. The Duquesne Gardens (1896-1956)
3. The Winter Garden (1916-1920)
4. The Civic (Mellon) Arena (1961-2010)
5. CONSOL Energy Center (2010-present)
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Without a new arena, the Penguins will not be able to survive.
Former executive vice president and chief operating office of the the Penguins (1999)
• The Casino's artificial ice surface was the the first known in North America.
• The Casino was the first place in Pittsburgh where organized ice hockey was played.
• The Gardens was the first hockey rink to use glass above the dasher boards.
• The Exposition Winter Gardens was the last place that Hobie Baker played hockey.
• When the Civic Arena opened in 1961 it was the largest dome in the world.
• Ground was broken for constrution of the new arena on August 14, 2008.
• The name "Civic Arena" was restored on August 1, 2010 when the naming rights agreement with Mellon expired.
• The CONSOL Energy Center opened officially on September 7, 2010.