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Demolition begins on Civic Arena, former igloo-shaped home of NHL’s Penguins

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Serious demolition work has begun on the Civic Arena, the igloo-shaped former home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

A preservation group failed in its efforts to get courts to keep the building from being torn down so it could be reused. Preservation Pittsburgh argued that the retractable steel-roof on the 50-year-old building made it worth saving.

The city-county Sports&Exhibition Authority says crews will work until about May to tear down the building, which for a time was called Mellon Arena. It’s across the street from the Penguins’ new arena, Consol Energy Center.

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Under terms of an agreement to finance the new building, the Penguins are committed to redeveloping the old arena’s 28-acre site. The team plans a mixed-use development including retail, commercial and residential space.