Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena, formerly known as the Civic Arena, was completed in 1961 at a cost of $22 million. Originally built to house the Civic Light Opera, the Mellon Arena is now home to the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins and a variety of family shows and has hosted such music legends as Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks and The Grateful Dead.
The Mellon Arena is famous for its revolutionary architectural design which features the largest retractable dome roof in the world - 170,000 square feet and 2,950 tons of Pittsburgh steel. Despite its size, the dome can open or close in an amazing two minutes!
The City of Pittsburgh and the County of Allegheny have current ownership of the facility. It is managed by SMG, based in Philadelphia, who also operated the former Three Rivers Stadium and 60 other venues worldwide. The arena has a capacity of over 17,000, increased from its original capacity of 10,500. It boasts two exclusive dining clubs, the Igloo Club and the Blue Line, as well as luxury skyboxes and several privately catered club seats.
Mellon arena is home to the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins and also hosts appearances of the World Wrestling Federation, Harlem Globetrotters, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, Walt Disney's World on Ice, Sesame Street Live, NCAA Basketball and a myriad of music concerts.
Pittsburgh International Airport is 15 miles from the Mellon Arena (driving time of 25 minutes).
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Handicap accessible entrances are located at Gates 1 & 2. All restrooms located on the ground level, lower concourse and upper concourse are also accessible for use. No special passes are required for the facility's 103 handicapped seats.
There are 2,500 parking spaces available near Mellon Arena with a cost of $9-$11. The Marriott Hotel may also be utilized for parking, as it is located across the street from the Arena.
Buying and Reselling Tickets
It is illegal to resell game tickets in the city of Pittsburgh at any price without a license issued by the state of Pennsylvania.
Getting There: Located in downtown Pittsburgh
From the NORTH
Take I-79S to 279S to 579S and follow signs to Mellon Arena (Veterans/Liberty Bridge). Exit on 6th Avenue and turn left at light to Mellon Arena.
From the EAST
Take Route 22W to 376W (Monroeville) and follow signs to Pittsburgh through the Squirrel Hill Tunnel. Take the Grant Street Exit to 7th Avenue and turn right to Mellon Arena.
From the WEST/AIRPORT
Take Route 22E (or Route 60 to 22E if coming from the Airport) to the Parkway (279E) and follow signs to Pittsburgh through the Ft. Pitt Tunnel (don't forget to exclaim over the view of downtown!). Bear right on Ft. Pitt Bridge to Monroeville and take first exit on left (Grant Street) to 7th Avenue. Turn right to Mellon Arena.
From the SOUTH
Take I-79N to the Parkway (279E) towards Pittsburgh. Follow signs through the Ft. Pitt Tunnel (don't forget to exclaim over the view of downtown!). Bear right on Ft. Pitt Bridge to Monroeville and take first exit on left (Grant Street) to 7th Avenue. Turn right to Mellon Arena.
66 Mario Lemieux Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 642-1800
Fax: (412) 391-8454