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.

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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.

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“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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