Constructive Criticism: Mellon vs Consol

By Nicole Tracey

In the Fall of 1967, the Mellon Arena became the home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. Now 43 years later the Mellon will be put to rest. With the new Consol Energy Center being build right across the street of the Arena, fans eagerly watch as the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins comes into form. Although my time spent in the Igloo has been sadly short, many memories were made. From the excitement of my first ever Pens game to a milestone night with Petr Sykora and Pascal Dupuis achieving their first career NHL hat tricks. To me, the atmosphere in the Mellon is more exciting than the atmosphere of a Steelers’ game at Heinz Field, though during the playoffs I think both venue tie on that subject. The sound of the goal horn and the traditional John Barbaro voice blasting, “The Pittsburgh goal scored by…” sends a rush of adrenaline as the Arena as a whole jumps out of their seats to cheer. From the 12,000 on the front lawn to the 17,132 in the Igloo, the Mellon Arena has provided us with memories that will certainly last us a lifetime.

Will the Consol Energy Center be able to live up to the standards of what our beloved Mellon Arena has provided?

What are your expectations of the new venue and what would you like seen done with the Mellon Arena?


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