Dec 6, 2021
Our "tour" of lost pro sports venues
continues with another stop in the Keystone State, this time for a
loving look back at the life and times of Pittsburgh's legendary
Civic Arena - aka "The Igloo" - with Steel City native Dave Finoli
(editor, "Pittsburgh's Civic
Arena: Stories from the Igloo").
Originally constructed in 1961 for the
city's Civic Light Opera, the Arena was an ahead-of-its-time
architectural marvel - distinctively adorned by a massive 3,000-ton
retractable steel-roof dome that was world's first of its kind -
making not just an attractive venue for music and entertainment,
but big-time sports of all kinds.
Over time, the Igloo became synonymous
with its longest-running tenant - the NHL's Penguins - who became
the building's main occupant as an expansion franchise in 1967, and
saw three (of its total five) Stanley Cup title
But, of course, we remember the other
teams that also called the Civic Arena home - including:
basketball's Rens, Pipers & Condors; World Team Tennis'
Triangles; soccer's Spirit & Stingers; arena football's
Gladiators; lacrosse's Bulls & CrosseFire; and even roller
hockey's oft-forgotten Phantoms.
And don't forget Dr. J's Pisces