There’s been a fight over the fate of the Civic Arena’s future for a while now. I just can’t figure it out.
I know it’s a historic place, it’s hosted lots of concerts, it’s been the Penguins only home, and it’s sad to see it go.
I also know it’s old, out-of-date, and there’s a reason it is being replaced.
Nobody wants to go there now, why would they go there once the Consol Energy Center really gets its momentum rolling? In the short time it has been open the Energy Center has already hosted more big name stars than the Civic Arena in the past few years combined.
Just because it means a lot to the people of Pittsburgh doesn’t mean it should stay there. There were just as many, if not more, good memories of Three Rivers Stadium and people seemed pretty happy when that went down. And for good reason, because the two stadiums that replaced it are major attractions in the city.
I do think that the architects should have tried to echo the design of the Igloo in the new arena. As far as I can tell the Penguins are the only team named after their arena. That being said, there’s not much we can do about that now. I haven’t read one bad review of the Energy Center, and making it too Penguins-centric may actually hurt it.
Good memories are nice, but holding onto a classic image of the city for too long could turn it into a bad reality.