Thursday, August 14, 2008
A groundbreaking ceremony for Pittsburgh's new arena drew politicians and Penguins fans. Shovels at the ceremony had hockey sticks for handles. Team owner Mario Lemieux stayed behind to sign autographs for fans. The $290 million arena is expected to open in time for the 2010-2011 season. The development took a lot of twists and turns to get to this point. At one time, the Penguins threatened to leave Pittsburgh. It was entertaining offers from Kansas City and Las Vegas, although Lemieux says the team never seriously considered leaving. As part of the arena project, the Penguins have agreed to help support development in the lower Hill District.