PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Earlier this week, crews started pulling down the Civic Arena piece by piece, and now they are offering the first look inside the iconic building since demolition started.
It took only a few seconds for Three Rivers Stadium to meet its fate a decade ago, but the work to take down the old Igloo will take a lot longer than that.
From above, it looks like we are just days removed from the last game at Civic Arena, but from below, it’s obvious. Today, we got our first and maybe only look up close at the aftermath of the closure of the Civic Arena.
The exterior looks just about the same as it did 507 days ago when a WWE event closed the place.
The iconic roof stays in place until early next year. But crews started the interior work on Monday, first attacking the old Igloo Clubs on both sides of the ice.
A tunnel, formerly reserved for the Zamboni, now hauls out truck after truck of debris. Heavy machinery chews away at the upper levels.
“It’s amazing to see it, to watch it ripped down like when they pulled down the old convention center,” said Melissa Speidel, of North Huntingdon.
“It is tough to see, there were a lot of memories in there,” added Zack Anderson, of Canonsburg.
The upper bowl remains largely intact, and there are still some mementos left unclaimed and soon to fall victim as well.
Some fans were able to make off with some of the old seats as they went on sale for a few hundred dollars a pop.
However, thousands of those old orange seats and old scoreboards are still in place. Team sources say they were in just too poor shape to sell.
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