Debuted as the Civic Arena in 1961, this multi-use arena was renamed Mellon Arena in 1999.

The Civic Arena was home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Stanley Cup Champions of 1991 and 1992. The facility also houses a variety of other events, including World Wrestling Entertainment, circuses, festivals, and NCAA basketball games. It was a favorite venue for major concerts, and has hosted such greats as Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones.  

Mellon Arena

Key Facts

Architect: Mitchell and Ritchey
Facility Manager: SMG
Development Cost: $20 million
Total Number of Seats: 17,537
Club Seating: 1,696
Luxury Suites: 56
Construction Start: April 25, 1957
First Show: September 19, 1961
Ice Capades
First NHL Penguins Game: October 11, 1967
versus Montreal Canadians


Mellon Arena is the only arena in the U.S. with a non-interior supported roof. The roof is supported by bases on motorized wheels mounted on a reinforced concrete ring girder which stands 34 feet above the arena floor.  

Architects Mitchell and Ritchey of Pittsburgh, PA designed the original structure, which cost $20 million. Initially built for a capacity of 10,500, the Civic Arena was renovated to accomodate more than 17,000 patrons.  


Last Updated 3/16/11

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