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The Igloo, CONSOL Energy Center

Goodbye to the Igloo? Pittsburgh Civic Arena set to be demolished on Monday

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For decades in Pittsburgh, “The Igloo” was the iconic home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Known less so by its proper name, Pittsburgh Civic Arena, the legendary building has been in danger ever since the Penguins’ new home, CONSOL Energy Center, was built.

With CONSOL being across the street from The Igloo and parking at a premium, The Igloo has been in danger of being torn down to make room for new new office buildings and living space. Fans have been doing their part for the last year to try and find a way to save The Igloo, but their efforts may have finally come to an end.

People in Pittsburgh have been trying to file a federal appeal to get the demolition of The Igloo stopped, but a federal appeals court has refused to hear the appeal thus paving the way for the legendary building to be knocked down.

The decision gives the city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority, the Igloo’s owner, the go-ahead to start the demolition of the 50-year-old landmark Monday morning.

“It’s just a sad day. I think a lot of people are going to miss this building,” said Scott Leib, president of Preservation Pittsburgh.

Preservation Pittsburgh sought an emergency injunction before the circuit court after U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone threw out the group’s lawsuit aimed at blocking the razing.

It argued that the redevelopment of the arena’s 28-acre Hill District site would require federal highway funds and therefore a federal review of the plan to demolish the historic building.

But Judge Cercone said the group failed to convince him that there would be any federal involvement in the project and that he lacked jurisdiction to halt the work.

It’s a sad day for fans of both Penguins fans and appreciators of Jean-Claude Van Damme movies to see The Igloo meet this demise. While the building itself was one of the most unique in the league and in the country (the roof was once retractable and made to be a major concert venue), its unique traits aren’t enough to keep it around in Pittsburgh.

It’ll be sad to see The Igloo go because it was the home of such legendary Penguins teams. From the team’s early days in the late 1960s on through to Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. We’ll remember The Igloo for all the great games and teams that it hosted and bid it a fond farewell when it’s time for it to finally come down.

Philadelphia says “goodbye” to The Spectrum

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It’s a sad day in Philadelphia as the city says goodbye to a landmark of sorts. Today, demolition of The Spectrum began and while some tears are shed for the loss of an iconic building that saw championships won by both the Flyers and 76ers, the Philadelphia landmark has seen its last days.

Today, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania dignitaries gathered outside The Spectrum to pay their final respects to the venerable old place and amongst the attendees were Broad Street Bullies Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent as well as Flyers executives Peter Lukko and Ed Snider.

As you might expect, the tone of the day was bittersweet for those in attendance and for Clarke and Parent alike it meant saying farewell to a very friendly home. Adam Kimelman of NHL.com was on the scene and got word from those sad to see The Spectrum go.

“I understand the building has gotten old and has to be replaced,” said Clarke. “We’re all old enough to understand that buildings get old and have to be replaced. We love that building. But you move houses sometimes; it’s time to move buildings.”

While the Spectrum may be gone, the memories made in the building one Philadelphia-area columnist once derisively called “The Fish Can on the Delaware Flats,” will live on.

Who knew that Bobby Clarke could be poignant? Here’s some video from the demolition today thanks to NBC Philadelphia. Flyers fans might want to think twice before checking it out.

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