Pittsburgh Penguins: Demolition of Civic Arena Sad but Necessary

September 30th, 2011 by Ernest Hindman Leave a reply »
The legal opposition to the demolition of the Civic Arena ran out of chances and time recently. Much like a condemned prisoner, the historical home of the Pittsburgh Penguins has now begun its death march.

Recent video shows the insides of the arena, which even at the five to 10 percent estimated completion rate, already looks like a shell of its former self. This is what the arena would have looked like had Jean-Claude Van Damme not prevailed at the end of the film Sudden Death.

As a lifelong Pittsburgher, looking at the video stirs up many emotions. Among them are the great memories of concerts and hockey games that I witnessed there.

Memories of the past were not enough to keep the arena intact. Sadly, that is how it should be.

I take no joy in the destruction of the Civic Arena, but I do recognize the necessity of it. The chance to rebuild such a large tract of land in the heart of Pittsburgh is too great to pass up.

Hopefully this redevelopment will not only make an area similar to that on the North Side between Heinz Field and PNC Park (I refuse to call it the "North Shore"), but will also serve to revitali ...

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