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Consol Energy Center
Pittsburgh, PA

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Opened: August 18, 2010
Capacity: 18,087 seats
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Consol Energy Center
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1001 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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Consol Energy Center is the newest arena in the NHL and also one of its nicest. With great views from no matter where you are sitting in the building to a beautiful, new LED scoreboard that makes watching replays and seeing out-of-town scores a pleasure to the eye, Consol Energy Center is the pride of the Pittsburgh hockey scene. The Pittsburgh Penguins are lucky enough to call the arena home, and they will no doubt find quite a bit of success as the years go by. The fan experience at Consol Energy Center is second-to-none, and it is very easy to find entertainment throughout the building even when the game is not going on.

Arriving at Consol Energy Center couldn't be easier, as it is located at the intersection of a number of major highways that run through the Pittsburgh area. Whether you are coming in on Highway 79 or Business 376, there are helpful signs and directions that should get you to the building very easily. Once you have found your way to Consol Energy Center, they provide you with a great deal of parking around the arena so you don't have to park a mile or further away from the venue. Parking costs are very cheap relative to other arenas, and they keep the parking lots well staffed with security personnel in case there is a problem. If public transportation is the more likely means of transportation for you, the Port Authority Bus and Light Rail Services are both available to take you to Steel Plaza, which is located just a stone's throw away from the building.

If you are looking for food and beverage before or during the game, the Pittsburgh Penguins organization provides you with plenty of available concessions stands that serve a wide array of different stadium favorites. From Pizza Hut to Dairy Queen, there are many different options available for any taste that comes to watch the Penguins play. If you are looking for a nice restaurant experience inside Consol Energy Center, look no further than Chef's Carvery, which features great cuisine at an affordable price. With different pastas, stirfrys, and steak platters available, Chef's Carvery is a good place to fulfill your hunger before the game. TGI Friday's and QDOBA are also moving in to Consol Energy Center to serve the public as well.

Outside of the venue, there are other great restaurants that are just waiting to serve you with some of your favorite dinners while you get yourself prepared to watch the exciting Pittsburgh Penguins. Jerome Bettis Grille 36 is the perfect spot if you are looking for traditional pub food while enjoying some great beverages in a sports bar setting. With many televisions located throughout the restaurant, Jerome Bettis Grille 36 is the perfect place to satisfy your appetite while keeping up on what is going on in the world of sports. Casual dining doesn't get any better than Tessaro's, which serves outstanding food and drinks at reasonable prices. Tessaro's gives you the feel of the corner restaurant that you have been familiar with all of your life, and it holds a special place in the hearts of Pittsburgh natives.

Diesel is not just the name of a gasoline alternative, it's also one of the hottest night clubs in the greater Pittsburgh area. With live music, non-stop dancing, and great atmosphere, Diesel makes it very easy to enjoy a night on the town after you're done watching a Pittsburgh Penguins game. With full table service, Diesel makes it simple to spend a night out on the town without having you spend a fortune in the process. You could also visit Club Cafe for more of a relaxed, low key atmosphere that offers terrific live music while also providing a great place to meet locals from around the area. Club Cafe doesn't have the flashing lights and thumping music that a traditional night club would have, but it is unique in that it offers you another night club option for your post-Pittsburgh Penguin victory celebration.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of the great points of interest that you can visit on your trip to Consol Energy Center. With historical displays that remind everyone why it is so great to be an American, the Carnegie is one museum that you have to see in your lifetime. You will be amazed at some of the pieces they have for viewing, and you will no doubt be inspired by the stories that these artifacts can tell. The Strip District of Pittsburgh is another great area to peruse while you are in the city. This historic market district contains shops, restaurants, and tours of the area that make the Strip come alive with a terrific atmosphere. You even have the chance to learn some Irish dancing at Mullaney's Harp and Fiddle if you visit at the right times throughout the day. This is a wonderful area of Pittsburgh that is the perfect place to go if you have some time before your Pittsburgh Penguins game begins.

Pittsburgh is a beautiful town with a blue-collar work ethic. Much like the citizens of Pittsburgh, the Penguins go to work every night in a quest to be the best at what they do. By having one of the best young teams in the entire league, Pittsburgh should be a force to be reckoned with in the NHL for many years to come. Get your tickets now while you can so that you can begin making your travel plans for Consol Energy Center.

city of pittsburgh local information

Top Tourist Attractions:
Duquesne Incline (Station Square to Mount Washington)
Sandwich from Primanti Brothers
Carnegie Museums

Local Foods:
Hot Capicola and Cheese
Steak and Cheese w/ coleslaw and fries (Primanti's)

What They're Drinkin':
Iron City, Penn Pilsner

Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of Pittsburgh
Arena Policy
Arena Parking Map 

Local Sports Media:
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Tribune Review
970 AM ESPN Pittsburgh
Popular Bar Districts:
North Shore (Finnigans's Wake, McFadden's Pittsburgh, Soho,
Strip District (Prive Ultra Lounge, Pure, Altar Bar)
Station Square (Buckhead Saloon, Matrix, Steel House)
South Side (St. James Place Tavern, Club Cafe, The Smiling

Best Restaurants:
Point Brugge Cafe (European)
Fat Head's Saloon (American)
Station Square (Pittsburgh Rare, Grand Concourse, Gandy
     Dancer Saloon)
Strip District (Church Brew Works, Primanti Bros)

Where To Stay:
Definitely plan on staying in the downtown area if you're going to Consol Energy Center for a Penguins game. There's lots to see and do. The Springhill Suites by Marriott is a great hotel that's centrally located and within walking distance.

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