The End of Civic Arena As We Knew It?

There’s another loss for the preservationists who have been battling to save the Civic Arena since its closing last year.

The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals denied to hear a preservation group’s motion to save the 50-year-old venue, which played host to many memorable events, including the Beatles. The court’s denial makes way for demolition to get underway as early as Monday, September 26.

However, don’t bring the lawn chairs just yet. Civic Arena won’t implode the way Three Rivers Stadium did in February 2001. The Igloo’s process will begin with its dome (and asbestos) being removed bit by bit, with remaining structure gradually following. Demolition could be completed sometime around May 2012.

There’s still one more chance to stop Civic Arena’s destruction, and it’s likely the preservation group isn’t giving up without a fight. Their next step will be to take their case to the US Supreme Court.

No matter what happens, many who attended concerts, wrestling shows, Penguin games and other special events at the Igloo over five decades of its existence will have our memories. I think I may also have a couple of old ticket stubs around somewhere.

CONSOL Energy Center is an incredible new arena, but its roof doesn’t open the way Civic Arena’s did, and I often wonder if it will last fifty years?

RIP Civic Arena. Thanks for the memories.

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