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Watch The Igloo’s roof get imploded

Jan 28, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

It’s a sad day in Pittsburgh as the iconic roof of the Civic Arena, better known as The Igloo, is brought down.

The City of Pittsburgh is knocking down the former home of the Penguins to make room for new endeavors and with the memories attached to the place for Pens fans and Pittsburgh citizens alike, the video from the Penguins’ website might make the room you’re watching in a little dusty.

After seeing Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, and Sidney Crosby tear through there it’s always sad to see an old barn get dismantled. Let’s just hope that they at least paid homage to the movie “Sudden Death” and had actor Powers Boothe push the button to implode the roof.

  1. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Way to overhype it

    • florida76 - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Overhyped? Don’t think so, just the accurate report of the history of the building. How many Cups have the mighty Sharks won?

      • hockinj25 - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        he’s talking about the headline. i expected something bigger and more exciting

  2. bcjim - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Just like the Pens in last years playoffs.

  3. bsputnik - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Thank goodness this place is getting torn down. Awesome from the outside, but it was a terrible venue for hockey as it was not the reason it was built and had the worst acoustics for a place specifically built for the Pittsburgh CLO. The only team to win a Cup there was Detroit, Good riddance, Consol is far superior.

  4. hockinj25 - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    that wasn’t really an implosion

  5. jpelle82 - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    not as traumatic for me as three river stadium’s destruction was. somewhere Jean Claude Van Dam is crying. his shining moment had to be when he put those pads on in the igloo and for the first time had people actually cheer a performance from him.

  6. florida76 - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Different than the TRS implosion, because that stadium housed several world champions across two sports. Actually, not a bad place to watch a game, but time marches on. Still, the Civic Arena had an impressive run, and served the Pens well. The great players, two Cup champions, and moments will live on forever. Most other NHL franchises like the Sharks, Blues, Kings, Sabres, Capitals, Canucks, etc. etc. can only dream about their arenas housing that type of success.

    • jaybaileys - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      I think they won 3 in the Igloo, but who’s counting.

  7. florida76 - Jan 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    My bad, three Cups won in the Igloo. That’s a high total when you consider the Rangers and Chicago have won only one more Cup, and they had a roughly 40 year head start as a franchise. Pens trail Detroit by only one Cup and lead Toronto 3-0 since 1967-68.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Actually, sorry to snow on your parade, but whilst calling the Igloo home, by whatever corporate name, the Pens won Cups in Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit.

      • florida76 - Jan 29, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        It’s irrelevant where the clinching game was held, because the Pens won crucial games at home during those Finals, and all during the playoffs. Including the playoffs, the home fans saw those Cup winners roughly 50 times each season.

  8. pittsburghmoderns - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    This a travesty and civic vandalism. The sports industrial complex has too much power over our communities and politicians. This building could have been easy reused (I speak as an architect)…In fact we had a plan that the Pens refused to listen to:

    • blomfeld - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      @pittsburghmoderns – That’s an excellent point about the “sports/industrial” complex having far too much power these days. In a sense, they along with the banking, media and pharmaceutical industries constitute a modern-day Spanish Inquisition. The level of both “conscious and subliminal” brainwashing which these industries are subjecting the masses to today, is completely off the charts in terms of precedence and it’s very much consistent with what George Orwell predicted in his book 1984.

  9. blomfeld - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    The guy in the video wearing a white helmet saying”yes” is a human asshole ! At any rate, it’s just shame that Ovechkin and his boyfriends weren’t crushed to death under this implosion !

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