Pittsburghers Make Last-Minute Memories With Civic Arena Demolition Likely To Soon Start

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Demolition on the Civic Arena could start as early as Monday.

People opposed to the demolition have been trying to keep the decades-old building from being torn down; but word that the dismantling process could soon begin has so many people now looking back at their fond memories of the building.

For so many Pittsburghers, the Civic Arena will always be more than just a brief snapshot in Steel City history – for them, its legacy will be lasting.

“With the arena scheduled to be… you know, start demolished tomorrow, we figured this would be a nice time to get a Christmas card for everybody to see,” said Bill Jeffcoat, of Penn Hills.

The Jeffcoats were among the dozens this weekend documenting the countdown to demolition. Crews are expected to be on site Monday morning.

Petitions, appeals and even emergency motions just can’t stop the wrecking ball.

“We knew our legal case was a long shot, but we were hoping it would come through, and obviously it didn’t,” said Scott Leib, the president of Preservation Pittsburgh.

Preservation Pittsburgh spent four years trying to save the 50-year-old building and its famous retractable dome, which many had hoped to see in motion one last time.

“Rather than valuing this amazing work of modern architecture from the 1960’s and incorporating it into something new and exciting for Pittsburgh, the idea is to let’s have a clean slate, let’s demolish it and start over yet again,” said Leib.

So, in advance of the heavy machinery, locals are making some last-minute memories.

“The Igloo will always be a part of Pittsburgh history, it will always be a part of my history,” added Suzie Jeffcoat, of Penn Hills. “I will never forget it, but the Penguins deserve the beautiful new arena they have, and I look forward to seeing them play there for years to come.”

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  1. Tombrady says:

    Why are people worried so much about a building that has out lived it’s usefullness? It’s an inanimate object. If it stays, it won’t cure cancer, solve the recession or bring world peace! Tear it down & build some taxable properties!

    1. Kathleen says:

      Tearing down landmarks is not progress, it shows the greed of developers. The Civic Arena is a unique architecture and should have been preserved. Just like The Allegheny Airport, an Art Deco masterpiece. The Masonic Hall in Oakland, is another example .of short sighted GREED! & stupidity.

      1. Dave says:

        Greed of developers? It has no value other than some “touchy-feely” thing. If it had viable commerce purposes, people would have invested into fixing it up. The economy stinks and this is an opportunity to improve the area…which will benefit all, not just the developers.

    2. Kathleen says:

      Tearing down landmarks is not progress, it shows the greed of developers. The Civic Arena is a unique architecture and should have been preserved. Just like The Allegheny Airport, an Art Deco masterpiece. The Masonic Hall in Oakland, is another example .of short sighted GREED! & stupidity.

  2. AAA says:

    Anybody remember the Pittsburgh Spirit from the late 70’s to mid 80’s, that used to play indoor soccer at the Civic Arena?

  3. tombrady says:

    What use could it serve as an out of date arena witha leaking roof? What can be done with it? Seriously, who would sink money into it that isn,t looking for a tax write off? The city has been crying for TAXABLE property, LET SOMEONE build some!

  4. sms says:

    perhaps this building has served its purpose and it is time to let go – but more office and retail space is not needed downtown. most of the shopping is gone or downsizing & not many are clamoring for downtown office space.

    what is the concern is somehow tax dollars will go to this white elephant in developing the site & infrastructure….while the pens reap the profits.

  5. fang5149 says:

    It is time to move on, build something else – but at the same time feel a conneciton to the building – my great uncle was invoved in the design of the roof of the arena, Never did work perfectly… hate to see it go, but time marches on.

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