As Pittsburgh continues to grow and sheds its Smoky City image, I look back to remember an iconic structure that is no longer part of our landscape: The Civic Arena.
With its igloo shaped dome of aluminum that retracted to the evening sky, it’s an important structure and many of us miss it dearly.
My dad took me to see my first hockey game there in the early 1970s, my sister and I went there to be part of the crowd scene for the filming of The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh in the late ’70s, I saw The Who, Yes, Black Sabbath, Supertramp, The Allman Brothers Band, ELP, Jethro Tull and many other bands there throughout the ʼ70s and into early ʼ80s.
My wife and I took our two boys to see the circus there in the ’90s. These are but a few of my fond memories. What are yours?