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PPG Paints Arena

Opened:Aug. 18, 2010Home Team:Pittsburgh Penguins
Owner:Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny CountyCapacity:18,187
Location:1001 Fifth AvenueFormer Names:Consol Energy Center (2010–2016)

PPG Paints Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Pittsburgh that is the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was previously the home of the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League (AFL) from 2011 to 2014.

Construction was completed on Aug. 1, 2010, and the arena opened in time for the 2010–11 NHL season. It replaced the Penguins’ former arena, Civic Arena (formerly Mellon Arena), completed in 1961. A ceremonial ground-breaking was held on Aug. 14, 2008. The arena is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified arena in the NHL and AFL. 

Soon after the arena opened in 2010, it was named “Best New Major Concert Venue” in the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards and “Best NHL Arena” in the Sports Business Journal reader poll. The arena was initially named Consol Energy Center (CEC) after Consol Energy purchased the naming rights in December 2008. The current name comes from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries, which purchased naming rights in October 2016.

PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh Penguins
PPG Paints Arena, Home of the Pittsburgh Penguins (Jleedev, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

First Games

  • Sept. 22, 2010 – Penguins vs. Detroit Red Wings (5-1 win)

Notable Events

  • Stanley Cup Final – 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017
  • NCAA Men’s Frozen Four – 2013
  • WWE Royal Rumble – 2014