You can say goodbye to the old igloo in Pittsburgh. That's because the attempt to save the arena as a historic landmark has hit the end of the road, having the case thrown out by a federal judge on Friday.
U.S. District Judge David Cercone dismissed the case by the group Preservation Pittsburgh, citing a lack of jurisdiction.
It would appear this clears the way for the demolition of the arena to go through. Civic Arena was the longtime home of the Penguins, seeing three Stanley Cup champions in its time. It underwent a few names through the years, but none will ever stick as well as the Igloo, referencing the building's shape.
The Pens moved across the parking lot into the Consol Energy Center at the end of the 2009-10 season, leaving the Igloo without a tenant and a vastly improved arena next door, essentially rendering it useless. The Preservation Pittsburgh group was hoping to have the inside of the arena renovated, leaving the structure standing.
Maybe they should destroy the arena in Sudden Death fashion. Let's have a helicopter fall and explode, leading to an implosion.