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Jeremy
03-13-2007, 11:55 AM
The new arena is going to give the city the ability to host several high profile events.

Women's college basketball Final Four

Men's college basketball regional final.

NCAA Frozen Four.

NCAA hockey invitationals.

PIAA boys and girls basketball finals.

PIAA wrestling championships.

Plus we just became a prime candidate for a new arena league team and a possible NBA D-League team.

This is going to a huge windfall for the city.

HometownGal
03-13-2007, 12:23 PM
The new arena is going to give the city the ability to host several high profile events.

Women's college basketball Final Four

Men's college basketball regional final.

NCAA Frozen Four.

NCAA hockey invitationals.

PIAA boys and girls basketball finals.

PIAA wrestling championships.

Plus we just became a prime candidate for a new arena league team and a possible NBA D-League team.

This is going to a huge windfall for the city.

Absolutely, as well as attracting some high-profile musicians and groups to play to higher capacity croweds! I'd love to have an arena team here. As long as World Team Tennis doesn't make a re-appearance in the Burgh, it's all good. :yuck:

Edman
03-13-2007, 12:54 PM
Let's not forget the possibilities of how much uptown and downtown is going to change. See all of those dumpy old houses in the Uptown area? We might say goodbye to those and turn them into parking lots for our new arena. Thanks to it's attractive look and the factors you mentioned, businesses and restaurants may flock back to the Downtown area for games and fans, which has been pretty quiet as of late. Let's not forget the possibility of new housing projects in the area. Wishful thinking of course.

So many good things can come from this new arena. It just might be what Pittsburgh finally needed. Heinz Field and PNC Park revived the North Shore, the new arena just may do the same to Downtown in general.

Thank you so much Mario Lemieux and Ron B. for keeping the exciting Penguins in Pittsburgh and have the godly patience for getting this arena deal done. I was high on him already, but Luke Ravenstahl has my FULL support now for mayor. I'm so stoked. Pittsburgh just may have been revitalized starting today.

Indy_Steelers
03-13-2007, 01:18 PM
Absolutely, as well as attracting some high-profile musicians and groups to play to higher capacity crowds! I'd love to have an arena team here.

Picksburgh used to have one a while back. Called the Maulers I think. They moved to Florida. Not living in the Burgh I assumed that full-sized football was too much for the little arena team. But I would be a fan of that. I would give me more of a reason to visit the Burgh in the spring.

Jeremy
03-13-2007, 01:45 PM
The Maulers were the USFL team.

PisnNapalm
03-13-2007, 03:33 PM
The Maulers were the USFL team.

Yup.

As a kid I loved to go down the the Civic Arena and watch the Spirit play indoor soccer.

polamalufan43
03-13-2007, 03:36 PM
Well, this is showing a bright future and in some ways, a not so bright one. We have a new area, WOOT WOOT, this means that Pittsburgh is further modifying itself, which can be a good thing as long as we keep our history and some of the older buildings around. They are part of our history.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Indy_Steelers
03-13-2007, 06:32 PM
The Maulers were the USFL team.

You are correct sir and thanks for the correction.
The Gladiators were the AFL team and one of the original AFL teams as well.
They are now the Tampa Bay Storm.

SteelCityMan786
03-13-2007, 06:59 PM
The new arena is going to give the city the ability to host several high profile events.

Women's college basketball Final Four

Men's college basketball regional final.

NCAA Frozen Four.

NCAA hockey invitationals.

PIAA boys and girls basketball finals.

PIAA wrestling championships.

Plus we just became a prime candidate for a new arena league team and a possible NBA D-League team.

This is going to a huge windfall for the city.

Ahhh all of this coming to the City of Pittsburgh.

BRILLIANT!

Jeremy
03-14-2007, 09:17 AM
Ahhh all of this coming to the City of Pittsburgh.

BRILLIANT!

I wouldn't bet on all of it coming the city. But it's a good bet that we get a couple of those events. My money would be on at least a women's regional final and maybe the Frozen Four plus the AFL team.

Counselor
03-14-2007, 09:39 AM
The new arena is going to give the city the ability to host several high profile events.

Women's college basketball Final Four

Men's college basketball regional final.

NCAA Frozen Four.

NCAA hockey invitationals.

PIAA boys and girls basketball finals.

PIAA wrestling championships.

Plus we just became a prime candidate for a new arena league team and a possible NBA D-League team.

This is going to a huge windfall for the city.



Yes, and don't forget all the concerts and non-sporting events that have avoided the "falling apart" Mellon Arena for years. This is what so many of us were trying to say all along. It wasn't JUST about the Pens---it was about the progress and development of this city and region. Thank god the politicians finally had a little foresight---if only a very little.

83-Steelers-43
03-14-2007, 09:46 AM
This is what so many of us were trying to say all along.

Very true. But it was also a point that was not pushed home nearly enough during these negotiations. All these fan/arena groups pushed the Penguin issue to no end, but very rarely hit on the other events in which this arena will bring to this city.

It wasn't just the fan/arena groups either, it was also the media. It was always "a new home for the Penguins" when this issue was reported on the news. Very, very rarely were the concerts, other sporting events, etc. etc. pushed home. Thankfully all ended well.

Counselor
03-14-2007, 11:56 AM
But it was also a point that was not pushed home nearly enough during these negotiations. All these fan/arena groups pushed the Penguin issue to no end, but very rarely hit on the other events in which this arena will bring to this city.

It wasn't just the fan/arena groups either, it was also the media. It was always "a new home for the Penguins" when this issue was reported on the news. Very, very rarely were the concerts, other sporting events, etc. etc. pushed home. Thankfully all ended well.


Agreed.