July 19-27, 2010 - The Consol Energy Arena is finally getting it's name put on; these photos were taken between July 19 and July 27. You can also view a short, HD video of the exterior (may want to turn off your sound as the wind was really blowing that day).
June 30, 2010 - The sidewalks are in and the concrete barriers are down. Construction cones are still surrounding the entrance, but the exterior work appears to be complete. Trees, lirope, and ferns are in place in the landscaping:
May 11, 2010 - Landscaping has begun to go in at the new arena. Some pictures from the morning of May 11, 2010:
February 25, 2010 - We've concluded our arena construction webcam project (we're so close, all the camera picks up is a wall of brick!), but we have updated our construction time-lapse video to show the work completed through November 24, 2009. We will update occassionally with still shots of the area.
The Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Zone has a webcam focused on the new arena construction. The view is looking east across the construction site. Our building (not visible) is off to the right in the image. (Update 1/7/09: it appears our 6-story building is now visible on the far right.)
Previously home to the AHL team Pittsburgh Hornets, "the Igloo" inspired the name for the 1967 NHL expansion team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Learn more about the history of Mellon Arena (formerly the Civic Arena) including planning and construction details at Pittsburgh Hockey .Net.
Mellon Arena's primary web site also includes a history of the building (and lots of practical information for those coming to events).
Ground was broken on August 14, 2008 and the arena is slated to open in the fall of 2010. The Consol Energy Center (1) will play host to many events including basketball, arena football, indoor soccer, concerts, stage shows, and Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey games.
The new arena is situated on approximately eight acres in the "uptown" area of downtown Pittsburgh, just south of the current home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mellon Arena. The old "Civic Arena," renamed Mellon Arena in the late 90s, was opened in 1961 and has hosted the Pens since 1967, making it the oldest arena in the NHL still in use.
The offices on the front of our Pittsburgh building have a clear, northward view of the construction and, beyond the construction, of current Pens' home, Mellon Arena. Affectionately called "The Igloo" by locals, the rounded dome of Mellon Arena is visible in the top center of the image.
The map below may help you get your bearings. The "GPW" logo indicates the location of our office in the Ketchum Center building at 1030 Fifth Avenue.
From October 13, 2008 until November 24, 2009, we snapped a new photo of the construction site every two minutes and uploaded it to our servers. The view is no longer captured successfully by our web cam, so we have taken it down.
Between April 20 and 25, 2009, a lot of construction happened on the new arena nearly around the clock. The following time-lapse video shows this constuction in a 5 and a half minute video (the longest of our videos, by far). You can see the sun rising and setting, cranes moving around rapidly, and the installation of the seat risers (which fully obstruct any remaining view we had of the Mellon Arena).
This time-lapse video shows a single day of construction at the new arena, back on September 25, 2008 when the site was still dirt. Lots of heavy equipment move the soil over the course of the day and when the sun sets, the lights come up on the old arena in the background.
12/15/08 - "CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced today a 21-year deal for naming rights to the new Pittsburgh multi-purpose arena." See: "CONSOL Energy Acquires Naming Rights to New Pittsburgh Arena" at penguins.nhl.com.
Questions? Comments? Need Legal help? Contact us today.