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Old 09-15-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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They've had 50 years to figure out what to do with the arena. The place has some unique architecture but it is a dump. There is little to nothing that you could do with the the place that would make sense - although there are a ton of has been 80's bands on tour looking to play their old arena rock haunts.
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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They've had 50 years to figure out what to do with the arena. The place has some unique architecture but it is a dump. There is little to nothing that you could do with the the place that would make sense - although there are a ton of has been 80's bands on tour looking to play their old arena rock haunts.
It really is hard to repurpose an arena. Basically all the old arenas around are still used as arenas--for things like minor league hockey teams, mid-size concerts, and such.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:27 AM
 
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And as predicted . . .

Board votes to demolish Civic Arena
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Well the SEA made it's decision--unanimously voted to bring it down.

Board votes to demolish Civic Arena

It's sad, but it needs to go, IMO. You can't have people saying..."To the right is our new, state of the art, Consol Energy Center! Oh, don't mind that to the left, that's our old arena we just couldn't part with, so we left it stand!"

I'm very interested to hear what types of development come to the former site.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:31 AM
 
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and look it was a unanimous decision just like I predicted.....anyone could see this coming....

There was not one important political figure behind preserving it....The SEA basically votes the way poltics are leaning....and they all wanted it gone, so you have the Unanimous SEA decision.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh's 'EAST SIDE'
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Good bye Civic Arena. I have lots of fond memories (Fresh Fest concerts, RUN-DMC tours, Paula Abdul, etc..) However, I'm glad they voted to demolish it. Its ugly and outdated. See ya, bye!
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I'd like to see the big metal pieces turned over to some architect or artist to at least recycle into something else. I could see a huge sculpture made from that thing.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Philly
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it seemed common sense...esp if you believe that development will actually happen. the hill district wanted it, the politicians wanted it, and there wasn't a good, credible plan to counter it. so...will this new development actually happen?
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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My favorite memory of the Arena, when the Pipers won the ABA Championship in 1969. Great time.
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