The fate of Mellon Arena remains uncertain. Tomorrow night the Sports and Exhibition Authority is holding what's called an "interested party process" meeting at the Convention Center which is part of the historic review. It will include a presentation of a study by a group trying to save the "igloo" from the wrecking ball. The S.E.A., Pittsburgh Penguins, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Councilman Robert Daniel Lavelle, who represents the Hill District are in favor of new development on the site.
On the night of the last concert at Mellon Arena, June 28, DUQ's Alexandria Chaklos talked with some people as they were headed in to hear Carole King and James Taylor perform. She asked if they remembered the first time they went to the arena and whether it should be save or razed....
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Mellon Arena's website has a page listing an "A to Z" timeline of performers and events during the last 49 years. By the way, the opening show at what was originally known as the Civic Arena was the Ice Capades on September 19, 1961. The first hockey game was October 14, 1961 featuring the AHL Pittsburgh Hornets and Buffalo Bisons.