Cecil Township Man Proposes Moving Civic Arena

CECIL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A retired engineer has an unusual idea for the Civic Arena.

Tom Galownia says why not take apart the arena and move it somewhere else?

“It’s a piece of cake,” he said.

The idea came to him after a meeting where he heard from people who live in the Hill who remember the arena as something that devoured much of the Lower Hill.

“The Hill District residents – it was kind of obvious they did not want this in their home and I could really sympathize with them,” he said.

But to save what is a Pittsburgh icon to others, Galownia proposes picking up the Igloo’s dome and moving it.

“A 500-ton crane will pick them up,” he said. “You take a 500-ton crane, pick up each section, sit it down.”

He says each section would then have to be cut up.

“Put them in the river and on the barges and you’re home free!”

Architect Rob Pfaffman, who is leading a group to preserve the arena, gave his perspective.

“Deconstructing the building and then trying to reassemble it again would be a huge expensive proposition,” he said. “It’s possible, but it would outstrip the cost of renovation in place by two or three times at least.”

Galownia estimates it could cost $50 million to $100 million to move it, plus the cost of building a new basin for it to sit on.

He has emailed places he thought might want it, but so far, he has not received a response.

Meantime, the Sports and Exhibition Authority is moving forward with plans to tear it down, despite the fact that City Council has yet to vote on whether to give it historic status.

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  • redrock100

    too many drugs as a teenager

    • Ryan

      Too many drugs NOW!

      • Hoss

        Nice hat and bow tie. Does he have a flower that squirts water, too?

  • Ryan


  • Jeff Becker

    Awesome idea!

  • jim

    Well I would rather see it moved than destroyed. What is the excuse now Sea, Penquins?. The REAL owners are the TAX PAYERS of allegheny county. This should be on a ballot and voted on!.

  • Larry

    with all the problems Pittsburgh is facing THIS is what people are focusing on? really? REALLY?

  • Thomas J Duttine

    I think his hat’s too tight!!



  • Cleetus

    This would be money well spent. Just blow it up and use the rubble to fill in the tunnel to nowhere before any more cash is spent on that useless project.

  • Knock 'er Down

    Knock that ugly giant boil down…..Give Pittsburgh a choice and they blow it everytime….Remember Steely Mcbeam….Ughh !!!…..They knocked 3 rivers stadium down and still owed 13 million on it…..Unbelievable 1


    Turn it upside down and make a fountain out of it


    Better yet, move it to Cleveland!

  • 1-2-3

    Don’t trust anything from a man with a bow tie and that rridiculous hat.

  • jim

    Tearing down Three Rivers while owing 13 million on it is nothing to brag on. Talk about wasting money how about the tunnel under the river ! Someplace special.

  • Dave

    If he wasn’t wearing that hat and tie the media wouldn’t have even run this story. It’s just a chance to laugh at him.

  • jim

    wearing that get-up doesn’t help the cause. You are also right about the media.

  • Eyes Wide Open

    I would trust that man to design bridges that my family and I would driver over ;)
    Dear lord, how on earth would he expect us to take him seriouly dressed as PeeWee Herman’s sidekick.

  • Rick Nielson

    Doesn’t he play guitar for Cheap Trick ???

  • Chckenhawk

    Yes, I can see it now, Albert Einstein, TIME Man of the Century on the cover of TIME Magazine in the things that made him a genius, his white collared shirt, neat haircut and suit…….oh wait, it was his BRAIN!!!!
    I actually know and have worked with this man and he is very sharp, with idea’s that fall outside of the normal groupthink, sheephearding mentality. The idea he proposes is actually a very good one, which could definitely be done if another city, state, country or entity is interested in purchasing it. As of now all the city is planning on doing is taking the wreacking ball to it, which would eliminate a piece of history not found anywhere else in the world, which is Pittsburghs loss. Maybe someone else want and appreciate what others cannot? I happen to like the bow tie and hat…….where would the world be without creativity and uniqueness?

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