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« on: Aug 05, 2008 at 16:37 »

Penguins to break ground on arena next week
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
By Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Penguins and local and state officials will break ground next week on the $290 million arena.

Gov. Ed Rendell broke the news during an appearance in Pittsburgh to announcement the award of money for bridge repairs and other economic development projects.

The ground breaking will take place at 11 a.m. August 14 at the arena site bordered by Fifth Avenue, Washington Place and Centre Avenue. Mr. Rendell is expected to attend, along with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Penguins and other public officials.

The Penguins are hoping to begin construction in earnest by fall and expect to have the facility completed in time for the start of the 2010-2011 hockey season.

Mr. Rendell was at the county courthouse to announce that $93 million would be spent over the next year or so to repair 30 bridges in Allegheny County considered structurally deficient. Mr. Rendell said none of the bridges are in danger of failure at this point.

He also announced the award of $1.47 million to Aetna Inc. to expand its customer service operations and pharmacy call center in Green Tree, a project that will add 360 jobs while retaining abouty 375. PPG Architectural Finishes also received $141,000 in grants and tax credits to relocate customer services operations from Florida and Kentucky to the Pittsburgh area and $125,000 to Haemonetics to expand its Leetsdale manufacturing operations.

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« Reply #1 on: Aug 14, 2008 at 12:05 »

Ground broken for Penguins' new home
Thursday, August 14, 2008
By Bob Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With Mario Lemieux appropriately at the center of the line, officials from government and the Penguins ceremonially broke ground on a new hockey arena today, using shovels with shafts made from star Sidney Crosby's sticks.

The $290 million facility will replace the nearby Mellon Arena in the lower Hill District. Also designed to accommodate basketball and other indoor sports, circuses and concerts, the new arena is to open in fall 2010.

The Penguins have been pressing for a home to replace the Mellon Arena, built in 1961.

The new facility will have a capacity of 18,087 for hockey, and increase over Mellon's 16,940. It will also have more suites and club seats.

Gov. Ed Rendell credited the creation of slots casinos in the state for providing a key piece of the funding for the facility. Revenue from the casino to be built on the North Side, currently delayed by funding problems, has been promised to the arena.

Several hundred fans attended the ceremony and chanted "Let's Go Pens."

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 15, 2008 at 11:14 »

So the guy get's screwed over by the politicians in this city and state for years, had to deal with a low attendance when things were going bad because many jumped off the wagon faster than Bengal fans, saved the team from leaving this city on a few occasions, got the city a brand new state of the art arena and has put out a top notch hockey team with two of the best players in the league and here's what the guy get's in return.  I really can't say that I'm all that surprised.....

Fans upset with 'Lemieux's ruse'
By Adam Brandolph
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, August 15, 2008

 Call it Lemieux's ruse.

Some Penguins fans today said they were unhappy that team owner Mario Lemieux duped them -- and public officials -- into thinking he was going to move the team from Pittsburgh if he didn't get a new arena.

"Fans really got behind the team when we felt there was a threat he could move the Pens," said Chris Fellers, 45, of Turtle Creek. "We all thought it didn't matter who got the casino license as long as the Penguins stayed in town."

During 18 months of negotiations, Lemieux threatened to move the team if city, county and state politicians didn't find a way to help pay for a new arena. Lemieux and fellow majority co-owner Ron Burkle traveled to Kansas City and Las Vegas in the weeks before an arena financing deal was reached in 2007.

During a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for a $290 million arena, Lemieux said leaving Pittsburgh "wasn't a possibility."

Kristin O'Neil, 28, of the South Side said Lemieux's threat was nothing but a way to get what he wanted.

"He knew how to strike at the heart of the fans and the city," she said. "I think he really duped the people of Pittsburgh, and he'll definitely get away with it because of who he is."

Lemieux admitted the visits were a negotiating tactic.

"He bluffed, and no one called him on it," said Caryn Lordes, 43, of Millvale. "In the end, he got what he wanted. It makes me lose some respect for Mario, because the way he said it was like he knew it was a little wrong."

But Steve Adler, 20, of Shadyside said he didn't care how the deal got done.

"The Pens are here, they're going to be here for a long time and they're gonna win a bunch of (Stanley) Cups in the new building," he said. "The fans got what we wanted, and Mario is still our hero."

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« Reply #3 on: Aug 15, 2008 at 18:47 »

Usually don't post unless I can offer some sort of unique insight..... but feel the urge to say something here.

Wow, what fucking dumb assholes the people in that article are.

I guess they'd prefer him to do a poor job of negotiating for a facility that will allow the franchise to stay competitive for years to come.
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« Reply #4 on: Aug 15, 2008 at 19:43 »

There was poster called "mutulu" on the old espn hockey boards.  He was from Pittsburgh, but decided for some reason to be an Oilers fan.  Anyway, he used to give me a ton of shit for defending the Lemieux ownership; I hope his house gets cleared to make a new parking lot for the arena.
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« Reply #5 on: Aug 15, 2008 at 22:35 »

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Wow, what fucking dumb assholes the people in that article are.

I guess they'd prefer him to do a poor job of negotiating for a facility that will allow the franchise to stay competitive for years to come.

It's funny, democratic politicians have been screwing us over for years in this city, yet we (not me anymore) keep voting them in time and time again while getting nothing in return.  This guy comes along, does what he has to do to keep this hockey team in this city while getting a beautiful arena, an excellent hockey team for years to come and future Stanley Cups in return and all of sudden people are ready to hang the guy.  Only in this city would Mario Lemieux be looked at as a villain.  The Nutting's have not taken as much heat as this guy has taken over the years.  It's unbelievable, sad and pathetic all at the same time.  

If these 'fans' have such a problem with the way Lemieux handled the situation, while getting them a brand new arena, stay the fuck home like you probably did when things were going bad.  We don't need you.
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