Mellon Arena (formerly the Civic Auditorium and Civic Arena, nicknamed The Igloo) is an arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It primarily serves as the home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city’s National Hockey League (NHL) franchise. Constructed in 1961, for the use of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO) Mellon Arena has hosted multiple concerts, as well as hockey, basketball, tennis, boxing, wrestling, and soccer matches. The Arena was the world’s first major indoor sports stadium with a retractable roof. It is named for Mellon Financial, which purchased the naming rights in 1999.
As of 2009, Mellon Arena is the oldest and lowest capacity arena in the NHL. In later years, the arena’s staff was forced to use space for mutiple purposes never intended in the building’s original design The Penguins franchise agreed to a deal with city and state officials to fund a new home arena for the franchise in March 2007. The Consol Energy Center will be located across the street from the site of Mellon Arena and will have a higher seating capacity. It is expected to open for the 2010–11 NHL season, at which point the Mellon Arena is scheduled for demolition
The Penguins won this years Stanley cup championship in a thrilling 7 games vs the Detroit RedWings in a series for the ages
Taken with the nikon d-80 and the nikkor 18-135mm lens