PPG Paints Arena

The PPG Paints Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena venue in Pittsburgh. It serves as the current home of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL and was previously the home of the Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League from 2011 to 2014. The arena first opened to the public before the start of the 2010-11 NHL season and was built to replace Civic Arena, which had been originally built in 1961.

Arena Highlights

The arena has gone on to become the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold-certified arena in the NHL and AFL. And it was later named “Best New Major Concert Venue” in the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. It also won “Best NHL Arena” in the Sports Business Journal reader poll. 


The plan to build the arena came shortly after Mario Lemieux bought the Penguins in 1999. He wanted to explore a replacement for the aging Pittsburgh Civic Arena, which was the oldest arena in the NHL at the time. 

He wanted to avoid using public funding, so he filed for a slots license under the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The Penguins were granted the license, though the decision of which casino company would receive approval was to be decided by the Gaming Control Board. And eventually The Lemieux Group reached an agreement with the Isle of Capri Casinos, who offered to fully fund the $290million arena, if Capri would also construct a $500 million casino nearby.

The arena’s funding plan was later agreed upon by Lemieux, then Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl, and then Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell on March 13, 2007.  A groundbreaking ceremony began in 2008 and the arena was finally ready for the public in time for the NHL 2010-11 season.

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PPG Paints Arena Parking:
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Ticket Policies:
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PPG Paints Arena Seating Chart:
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