PPG Paints Arena

Multi-purpose indoor arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; home to the Pittsburgh Penguins

PPG Paints Arena is a sports arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The arena opened on August 18, 2010, and is the current home of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was also home to Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League (AFL) from the team's 2011 entry into the league until its demise in 2014.

PPG Paints Arena
Former namesConsol Energy Center (2010–2016)
Location1001 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219[1]
Coordinates40°26′22″N 79°59′21″W / 40.43944°N 79.98917°W / 40.43944; -79.98917
OwnerSports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
OperatorAnschutz Entertainment Group
Capacity18,387 (Ice hockey)
19,100 (Basketball)
16,280 (Arena Football)
14,536 (End stage)
19,758 (Center stage)[6]
Field size720,000 square feet (67,000 m2)
SurfaceMulti-surface (ice)
Scoreboard15x25 Mitsubishi "Black-Packaged LED"
StartedAugust 14, 2008[2]
BuiltAugust 2008 – August 2010
OpenedAugust 18, 2010
Construction costC$321 million[3]
Architectural Innovations
Fukui Architects
Lami Grubb
Project managerICON Venue Group[4]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti/Raudenbush
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.
General contractorHunt Construction Group[5]
Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) (2010–present)
Pittsburgh Power (AFL) (2011–2014)

When it opened, the arena was known as Consol Energy Center, with the naming rights owned by Consol Energy.[7] In October 2016, Consol Energy opted out of its naming rights contract, and PPG Industries took over the naming rights, choosing to promote its paint brand on the arena.[8] The first Penguins game played in the arena was on October 7, 2010 in a 3–2 loss against their rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers.[9]

The arena hosted the Frozen Four in 2013. The first event that happened in the arena was a concert by Paul McCartney.[10] The arena hosted the WWE's Royal Rumble on January 26, 2014.[11]

The inside of PPG Paints Arena, before the 1st Pittsburgh Penguins playoff game of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs


  1. "Directions & Parking". Consol Energy Center. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  2. "2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins Media Guide" (PDF). Pittsburgh Penguins. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 2, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  3. O'Toole, Christine H. (March 8, 2011). "Pittsburgh Pursues Plan to Demolish 'the Igloo'". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  4. "Consol Energy Center". ICON Venue Group. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  5. "Consol Energy Center". Hunt Construction Group. Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  6. "FAQs - What is the seating capacity of Consol Energy Center?". Consol Energy Center. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  7. "Pens Assign Naming Rights to Arena". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  8. Bauder, Bob; Boden, Jeremy (October 4, 2016). "PPG buys naming rights to Consol Energy Center for 20 years". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  9. "Penguins open up Consol Energy Center vs. Flyers". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  10. "McCartney to Open Consol Energy Center". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  11. "WWE Royal Rumble". Consol Energy Center. Retrieved December 3, 2013.

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