In the last game ever played at their beloved Igloo the defending Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins were upset by the Montreal Canadians in game 7 of their semi-final playoff series ending the Penguins season. The stunning loss not only eliminated the Penguins, but it also marked the final game to be played at their legendary home, the Igloo. Although officially known as the Mellon Arena the Penguins home has throughout its history been fondly referred to simply as The Igloo by hockey fans the world over.
The Igloo was the world’s first major indoor sports stadium with a retractable roof, and if you’ve never witnessed a game here you don’t know what you missed. The sight lines and intimacy for hockey is unsurpassed, but alas because of its small size (only seating 16,490 for hockey) and lack of corporate luxury boxes doomed the arena as the Penguins had threatened to leave the city of Pittsburgh unless a new arena was constructed. A new downtown arena to be called the Consol Energy Center (that sadly is not in the shape of an igloo) has been built and will be ready for the start of the Penguins 2010 – 1011 season and the Igloo is slated for the wrecking ball in the near future.