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PPG Paints Arena
Former names Consol Energy Center (2010–2016)
Location 1001 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Coordinates 40°26′22″N 79°59′21″W / 40.43944°N 79.98917°W / 40.43944; -79.98917
Owner Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
Operator Anschutz Entertainment Group
Capacity 18,387 (Ice hockey)
19,100 (Basketball)
16,280 (Arena Football)
14,536 (End stage)
19,758 (Center stage)
Field size 720,000 square feet (67,000 m2)
Surface Multi-surface (ice)
Scoreboard 15x25 Mitsubishi "Black-Packaged LED"
Broke ground August 14, 2008
Built August 2008 – August 2010
Opened August 18, 2010
Construction cost C$321 million
Architect Populous
Architectural Innovations
Fukui Architects
Lami Grubb
Project manager ICON Venue Group
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti/Raudenbush
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.
General contractor Hunt Construction Group
Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) (2010–present)
Pittsburgh Power (AFL) (2011–2014)

PPG Paints Arena is a sports arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The arena opened on August 18, 2010, and is the current home of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). It was also home to Pittsburgh Power of the Arena Football League (AFL) from the team's 2011 entry into the league until its demise in 2014.

When it opened, the arena was known as Consol Energy Center, with the naming rights owned by Consol Energy. In October 2016, Consol Energy opted out of its naming rights contract, and PPG Industries took over the naming rights, choosing to promote its paint brand on the arena. The first Penguins game played in the arena was on October 7, 2010 in a 3–2 loss against their rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers.

The arena hosted the Frozen Four in 2013. The first event that happened in the arena was a concert by Paul McCartney. The arena hosted the WWE's Royal Rumble on January 26, 2014.

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The inside of PPG Paints Arena, before the 1st Pittsburgh Penguins playoff game of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs

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