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Pittsburgh's Civic Arena : stories from the Igloo

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Summary
Lovingly nicknamed the Igloo, the Civic Arena was home to the Pittsburgh Penguins until 2010 and hosted some of the most important sports and entertainment events in Steel City history. During the glorious Mario Lemieux era, the venue hosted four Stanley Cup Finals, including three championship-winning seasons. Muhammad Ali KO'ed Charlie Powell in 1963 there. It was home to Duquesne Basketball in the arena's early days and has hosted some of the University of Pittsburgh's most important basketball games as well. Some of the biggest acts in music history have rocked the Igloo's seats, including Elvis, the Beatles and frequent favorite, Bruce Springsteen. Join local sports and media writers as they recall the greatest moments in Civic Arena's storied history.
Contents
part I. The structure: Finding the Duquesne Gardens / by David Finoli ; That amazing roof that opens / by Jack Mathison ; Why the Civic Arena became the Mellon Arena... and not the Mellon Financial Center / by Tom Rooney ; Tear the roof off the sucker : creating a collectible ornament forged from the Civic Arena Roof / by Chris Fletcher ; The Civic Arena Dome still shines in Cory Bonnet's art / by Tom Rooney
part II. Hockey: 1967 Penguins (try to) take flight in Pittsburgh / by Tom Rooney ; The definition of balanced scoring : the 1974-75 Penguins / by Paul Alexander ; Lucky Pierre : the Penguins' first gate attraction / by John Wdowiak ; Tanks for the memories : the 1983-84 Penguins' quest to finish last / by Chris Fletcher ; Lord Stanley, Lord Stanley, give me the brandy : the championship era begins / by John Wdowiak ; Dynasty unfulfilled / by Paul Alexander ; The Lemieux hat trick / by Paul Alexander ; Saying goodbye : the Pens' final season at the Igloo / by John W. Franko ; The summit at center ice : the Russians come to Pittsburgh / by Gary Kinn
part III. Music: The Boss : Bruce Springsteen makes his impact on the Civic Arena / by Lance Jones ; the Fabs and the King : rock's highest royalty graced the Arena with their presence... if I had only been there / by Chris Fletcher ; The Skyline Series / by Lance Jones ; The troubadours : an appropriate way to close the curtain on the Civic Arena / by Rich Boyer
part IV. Basketball: The day the NBA died in Pittsburgh / by David Finoli ; When adversity meets opportunity : the Pittsburgh Rens / by Gary Kinn ; The Hawk makes his mark on the 'Burgh : the story of the Pittsburgh Pipers / by Josh Taylor ; The sad, strange tale of the Pittsbugh Condors / by Frank Garland ; The Dapper Dan Roundball Classic : high school basketball takes center stage / by Frank Garland ; The Eastern Eight Tournament : before it all busted up / by Josh Taylor ; The city game / by John W. Franko ; Dave and Chris's excellent adventure : the 1997 NCAA Basketball Tournament / by David Finoli ; A Panther homecoming : the 2002 NCAA Basketball Tournament / by Josh Taylor
part V. Wrestling and boxing: Remembering "Studio wrestling" and "The Living Legend" Bruno Sammartino / by Robert Healy III ; Hell in an igloo : Mick Foley shocks, amazes Pittsburgh crowd / by Robert Healy III ; Gaseous Cassius invades the smoky city / by Douglas Cavanaugh ; "Golden" glory : amateur boxing at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena created lasting memories / by Robert Healy III (Addendum: High School Classic brought amateur wrestling greatness to Civic Arena) ; Even the best laid plans : Holmes versus Sninpes / by Gary Kinn ; A closed-circuit love affair / by David Finoli
part VI. Other teams and events: A war on the floor : the Civic Arena welcomes... arena football! / by Tom Rooney ; In the spirit : my oh-so-brief affair with indoor soccer / by Chris Fletcher ; The Triangles : Pittsburgh's last title won under the Igloo roof / by David Finoli ; Elephants, dogs and rats, oh my! : animals at the civic arena / by Jack Mathison ; Forgotten but... well.. still forgotten : the other teams and events at the Igloo we may not remember / by David Finoli.

Additional Information
Subjects Civic Arena (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- History.
Arenas -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History.
Sports -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History.
Basketball -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History.
Hockey -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- History.
Publisher Charleston, SC :2021
Other Titles Stories from the Igloo
Contributors Association of Gentleman Pittsburgh Journalists, author.
Language English
Description 190 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-184).
ISBN 9781467148849
1467148849
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