Pittsburgh arena plans take step forward
Construction of a new arena in the lower Hill District could start in July now that the Pittsburgh-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority has secured all of the property it needs for the venture.
The SEA board approved two final purchases yesterday that should enable the authority to begin demolishing buildings in January in advance of a proposed July 1 construction date.
If construction begins in July, that would mean an open date sometime in 2009. Currently, the Penguins play in the NHL's oldest building, Mellon Arena, which is oh more than 27 years older than Jordan Staal.
On the negative side of the ledger, the article notes that the team's lease at the old rink expires in June, 2007, "at which point they would be free to move elsewhere if Isle of Capri does not win the license for the Pittsburgh slot machine casino."