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A look inside the Penguins' new Igloo

I loved Mellon Arena but facts are facts: The place Pittsburghers affectionately called The Igloo was a dump, a relic of the 60s that had to be replaced. Mario Lemieux & Co. got it done right next door with the building of the Consol Energy Center, which opens Wednesday and Thursday night with concerts by Paul McCartney. 

The building seats 18,807 for hockey and features concourses that are open to the rink on both levels and a huge glass wall for fans to look out at the skyline of downtown Pittsburgh. Of course, it includes all the revenue-building amenities with plenty of corporate-sponsored names and also has some fabulous facilities for players. The Sabres will be there Feb. 4 and March 8. 

With the building opening this week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a special archive section of its coverage that's worth a look. The paper also produced a video tour of the place that shows lots of areas hidden from the public, like the locker rooms (wish it had ventured into the press box).

It's long at nine minutes but definitely worth a look at this link. (Wish I could embed it but the P-G's code isn't working).

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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