Home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA, is also the site of major concerts, big shows from the Ringling Brothers Circus to Monster Truck Jam, several rounds of the 2012 NCAA championships, home games of the Pittsburgh Power Arena Football League team, and other major events. Learn what's coming up at CONSOL Energy Center, how to plan for your visit, and what to expect.
Due to a flexible curtaining system, the seating capacity of each event at CONSOL Energy Center will vary. Maximum capacity by event includes Hockey: 18,387; End stage concerts: 14,536; Center stage concerts: 19,758; and Basketball: 19,000. Seats are more comfortable than in most NHL arenas, with seats up to 24 inches wide, and an accompanying increase in legroom. CONSOL Energy Center also features 1,950 club seats, 236 Loge Box Seats, and a private Executive Suite level. ADA accessibility is available on every level, along with elevators and 12 escalators (10 more than in the old Civic Arena). An HD center-ice scoreboard for high-tech entertainment, replays and scores is easy to view from every seat in the arena, while 800 HD TVs are located throughout the building for additional views.
Tickets to CONSOL Energy Center events can be purchased several ways. The Dick's Sporting Goods Box Office, located in the CONSOL Energy Center lobby, is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is closed on Sundays with exception of event days. Box office hours vary on event days.
Tickets can also be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets and through Ticketmaster online.
Tickets for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Power are handled separately:
Pens Ticket Information
Power Ticket Information
Food & Beverage Concessions:
As with most Pittsburgh event venues, ARAMARK handles concessions at CONSOL Energy Center, with a concession point for every 158 visitors to help cut down on congestion and long lines. A public bar and food court on the main concourse with a view of the ice/event floor offers a variety of options. A brew pub with drink rails on the upper concourse overlooks the stunning Pittsburgh skyline. There's also a 7,000-square-foot T.G.I. Friday's, open from breakfast through late-night, located right in the arena.
CONSOL Dining Guide
Consol Energy Center Facts:
Groundbreaking for the Consol Energy Center began on August 14, 2008, and construction was completed on August 1, 2010, in time for the 2010–2011 NHL season.
- Following Pittsburgh's recent focus on green construction, Consol Energy Center is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified arena in both the National Hockey League (NHL) and Arena Football League (AFL).
- The Consol Energy Center was named the nation's Best New Major Concert Venue for 2010 at the 22nd annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.
- The sixth annual Sports Business Journal reader's survey named Consol Energy Center the Best NHL Arena for 2010-11.
Directions & Parking:
CONSOL Energy Center is located in uptown Pittsburgh, adjacent to the former Mellon Arena location. Parking is available in the CONSOL Energy Center lots (formerly the Mellon Arena lots) as well as the CONSOL Energy Center Garage for non-hockey events. Event parking rates vary. The garage and lots are filled by season-ticket holders for Pittsburgh Penguins games, but other area Pittsburgh lots are available, many of them offering event rates.
CONSOL Energy Center Parking Map
Downtown Pittsburgh Parking Map
Four points of entry into CONSOL Energy Center include the American Eagle Gate (Fifth Avenue and Washington Place), the Trib Total Media Gate (Centre Avenue Lower Entrance), the Verizon Gate (Centre Avenue Upper Entrance) and a private parking garage entrance for suite ticket holders for Pittsburgh Penguins games.
Consol Energy Center Essentials: