PPG Paints Arena is a sports arena that is known as primarily being the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.
An expansion team, the Penguins have played at PPG Paints Arena since 2010, meaning that a lot of their history and great players, like Mario Lemieux, never go to play at this new arena.
Since the arena’s opening and the first game in 2010, the Pittsburgh Penguins have created history while in PPG Paints Arena. That includes winning the Stanley Cup twice.
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2016 over San Jose, and again they won the Stanley Cup in 2017 when the Penguins played Nashville.
PPH Paints Arena
PPG Paints Arena is one of the newest NHL Arenas, with only five other venues being newer than the Pittsburgh Penguin’s home ice. That includes two expansion teams. PPG Paints Arena was necessary, due to it replacing the oldest arena in hockey, the Pittsburgh Civic Arena.
Pittsburgh Penguins legend Mario Lemieux bought the team through the Lemieux Group in 1999. Lemieux may have grown up in the shadow of the Montreal Canadiens, but he was a Pittsburgh player through and through, and his home games have always been in Pittsburgh. One of his first goals was to replace the aging Civic Arena.
Funding the Arena
Finding the funding for the project wasn’t easy, though. The original goal was not to use public funding, which is how many arenas are constructed.
Instead, the Pittsburgh Penguins looked towards casinos for funding, which could only happen on the condition that the gambling companies could construct a casino nearby.
Casinos can tend to make people nervous, for many different reasons. Neighborhoods also get nervous about events that surround casinos. This made funding the area difficult. These challenges led to concerns the Pittsburgh Penguins would relocate. Eventually, a deal was struck in 2007.
PPG Paints Arena was not the initial name of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ new home. Instead, it has two basic sponsors:
- Consol Energy Center was the original name
- Consol Energy Center then sold the naming rights to become PPG Paints Arena in 2016
There have been several secondary sponsors:
- PNC Wealth Management
- American Eagle
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
The original Pittsburgh Penguins Stadium was called:
- The Pittsburgh Civic Arena
- Mellon Arena
PPG Paints Arena, as well as its predecessor, goes by the nickname that Pittsburgh Penguin hockey fans gave it, “The Igloo.”
For the Pittsburgh Penguins, PPG Paints Arena was designed to be the home of their star player, Sidney Crosby. Home games are built around the star, including features like:
- Original capacity being 18,087 in honor of Crosby
- Introducing a new goal horn with Crosby
- Shovels with Crosby’s sticks as a handle were used at the ground breaking
- Various other special events
How many seats are in the PPH Paints Arena?
The Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League play in PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh. This arena has multiple uses, and each use has some variance in its capacity. 18,087 hockey fans is listed as the capacity for Pittsburgh Penguins games.
However other events are held at PPG Paints Arena besides Pittsburgh Penguins games.
- Arena football-16,280 total capacity
- Basketball-19,000 total capacity
- Concerts and other shows-13,526 to 19,758 total capacity, depending on the stage’s location
Directions – How to get to the PPH Paints Arena?
PPG Paints Arena is located at 1001 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA15219.
There are several different ways to get to the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.
- Take 279 South to 579 South. Then follow signs over the Veterans Bridge, taking the 6th Ave exit and then a left towards PPG Paints Arena.
- Go from 79 North to 376 Business through the Pittsburgh Tunnel. From there, bear right towards Monroeville and take the Grant Exit on the left to 7th Ave, before taking a right towards PPG Paints Arena.
- From 22 West got to 376 West, through the Squirrel Hill Tunnel. Then take the Grant St Exit and take a right towards PPG Paints Arena.
- From Route 22 East go to 376 Business through the Pittsburgh Tunnel. From there, bear right towards Monroeville and take the Grant Exit on the left to 7th Ave, before taking a right towards PPG Paints Arena.
Where to Park near the PPH Paints Arena?
PPG Paints Arena offers parking for guests coming to the game.
For non-hockey events in the building, there is the Jim Shorkey RAM Parking Garage.
Other PPH Paints Arena FAQs
PPG Paints Arena was originally called the Consol Energy Center
PPG Paints Arena was paid for by Isle of Capri Casinos, Forest City Enterprises, and a couple of smaller casinos, and in exchange, they were allowed to build casinos near the arena.
PPG Paints Arena is currently owned by the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
The rule of thumb is that you can enter PPG Paints Arena one hour prior to the start of an event