Crews Clean CONSOL Energy Center After Monster Jam

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Before the Pittsburgh Penguins could host the Washington Capitals Monday night, an extensive amount of cleanup needed to be done at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The arena hosted its first Monster Jam over the weekend and many truckloads of dirt needed to be removed from the arena floor.

The problem is that the dirt wasn’t only contained to the arena floor. Particles of dust were scattered all over the building. Needless to say, cleaning crews had their hands full.

The jumbotron even had to be lowered so it could get a good cleaning.

“It’s a tough transition. There’s always a lot of dust, there’s always a lot of dirt. We’ve had staff in throughout the weekend and then they came in overnight, this morning and all the way up to doors opening. It’s a process,” CONSOL Energy Center Assistant General Manager Rob Goodman said.

In fact, they were cleaning as the building opened its doors to its first official public tours.

“All of our tours this week are pretty much sold out. Next week, we’re starting to fill up,” Goodman said.

Goodman said these are behind the scenes tours that will take folks into areas you normally don’t get to see.

“There might be the visitors’ hockey locker room, there might be the press box, there might be the Highmark Kid Zone,” Goodman said.

There will be a heavy emphasis on the building’s LEED certified green designation, which continues on a daily basis.

“Everything form the cleaning materials that we use to the recycling program. Everything we do here is with that in mind,” Goodman said.

A worker said there was a thin layer of dust and dirt on everything and all 18,087 seats had to be cleaned by hand.

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  1. Bill inFindlay says:

    Why would you allow such an event in a brand new facility?

    1. Mark Squirrel Hill says:

      I totally agree with Bill, why trash a brand new facility. Why not put it on in the Mellon Arena? After all they ARE trying to save it. Save it for what? Down with Mellon Arena and keep the dirt out of Consol.

  2. Stan says:

    That is what the facility was built for.

  3. Dena K says:

    The Consol is the Mellon replacement. Those types of shows played the Mellon, therefore they will now play the Consol.

  4. Joanne says:

    The Monster Jam should have not been held at the Consol; since it is so new.
    Hold off and have it in the summer at an outdoor venue.
    I was at the game last night and an usher told me it would probably not be held there again in the future…..so happy to hear that.
    Why let a dumb event like the Monster Jam ruin our beautiful new facilitiy….Pittsburgh waited too long for a new building.

  5. wright says:

    Man people these events are held in many other arena like consol. Suck it up!!!Look it employed a lot of people to not only set it up but to clean it up. Last I knew your able to clean up dirt. Not like they sprayed paint all over it.

  6. JAUN says:

    DID I READ RIGHT ?ALL OF THE TOURS ARE SOLD OUT.WHY ARE THEY CHARGING THE TAX PAYERS FOR TOURS OF THE BUILDING THAT WE ARE PAYING FOR?JUST DONT THINK THAT ITS RIGHT.

  7. Willie says:

    Please keep the Monster Truck Shows in West Virginia going forward.

    Thanks

    1. Dena K says:

      You obviously never have been to one. I am not a huge fan but did attend one once. I have to say it was a load of (loud) fun!

  8. BJS says:

    @ Joanne – I wouldn’t put too much faith in the words of the ushers. I’m sure Arena management isn’t sharing all decisions with the ushers.

    @ Juan – Your argument makes no sense. That is like saying I should get into the Pens games for free, since we, as taxpayers, are paying for the building!! ALSO, TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK!!!!!!

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