HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FORMER
(he turns 41 today)
- Pittsburgh’s first indoor hockey arena, The Casino, opened to the public
Pittsburgh’s first multi-purpose arena was ahead of its time – by more than 100 years.
The Casino, operated by the Schenley Park Amusement Company in Oakland, was the envy of the sports and entertainment world. It was considered to be one of the “handsomest amusement buildings in the United States,” according to an Atlantic Architecture report. Luxury boxes, a grand theater, a capacity of 12,000, and an indoor ice skating surface made it an unrivaled complex in North America. The Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette called the Casino “the magnificent palace of pleasure.”
But as much as it was ahead of its time, it also had a short lifespan. The place burned to the ground just 19 months after opening.
In that time, however, the Casino left an impression on modern hockey. It was the place where Casino manager James Conant introduced ice hockey to the Steel City.
TODAY’S PENGUINS TRIVIA QUESTION:
On what date did the Pittsburgh Penguins win their first game at the CONSOL Energy Center and against which team?
Find out tomorrow!
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