Formerly known as the Consol Energy Center, PPG Paints Arena opened in 2010, replacing the Mellon Arena to the delight of all Penguins fans. It's one of the newest arenas in the NFL, after the Barclays Center and Rogers Place.
It was a real change of scenery for the hockey faithful in Pittsburgh. The Pens’ old digs were just that--old. In fact, no NHL venue was older than the Mellon Arena. “The Igloo,” as fans called it, earned its acclaim as the first retractable-roof venue in the world. Unfortunately the option of converting a stadium into an outdoor arena isn’t much help to a hockey team. The roof stopped working in 1992 anway. It was time for a change.
In stepped the new downtown arena, without a cushy outdoor service lot like the old one to provide PPG Paints Arena parking. Nonetheless, the new complex earned rave reviews. The Sports Business Journal reader poll voted it as the “Best NHL Arena” and the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards awarded it as the “Best New Major Concert Venue.”
A dedication to technology separates this arena from the others. Touch-screen monitors in suites allow fans on-demand replays, while a mobile phone innovation allows fans to check out multi-angle replays in the stadium straight from their cell phones.
The Penguins aren’t a slouch either. Traditionally a powerhouse with old-timers Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, the team is now in the safe hands of Sidney Crosby, who’s led his team to a Stanley Cup as recently as 2016 and cemented Pittsburgh’s status as a yearly title threat. Penguins parking will remain hotly pursued as long as Pittsburgh keeps this up.
ParkWhiz encourages fans to keep technology and performance in mind as they look for parking. We’ve got lots up and ready to accommodate Pens Pittsburgh Penguins on those winter nights.