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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins New Arena Gets a Name

New Penguins Arena naming rights sold to Consol Energy
When the Mellon Arena finally closes at the end of next season, the Penguins will move across the street to their new home. And yesterday the new home got a name. The new Pittsburgh Penguins arena will be named after Consol Energy. KDKA reports that the naming rights for the new Penguins arena have been sold to the Pittsburgh-based coal mining company for several million dollars a year. The Pittsburgh Penguins have not commented on the matter, but an announcement is expected next week.

So what will be the building actually be called? I would assume "The Consol Energy Center." Based on recent arena-naming trends that sounds about right. I would like to have it be called the Consol Energy Arena or the Consol Energy Gardens, but it's a multi-purpose building and thus, like the Air Canada Centre, the Prudential Center and the RBC Center, it will probably have "Center" in the name. Realistically, it was never going to be called "Bob Johnson Gardens" or anything awesome like that. Given how Consol markets themselves it will likely be the CONSOL Energy Center, since they typically spell their name in all capitals.

I guess in the long run it doesn't matter what the arena is called. It will probably change names a few times during its lifetime anyway. It does however feel cold and sterile, like the new arena will. I understand the need for a new, shiny, state-of-the-art building, but I will always miss the Mellon Arena.

Thanks to Puck Huffers for the find.

Information on the new Pittsburgh Penguins arena is available on the team's official website.

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