by Ron Spence

Pittsburgh loves their Penguins.

Unfortunately, their Mellon Arena – referred to as the igloo – is the smallest barn on the NHL circuit. It only holds 16,958 people and will soon be replaced by the Consol Energy Center, which will have a capacity of 18,087.

So, many have to watch home games from outside the Igloo. The large screen advertises the new centre, as well as showing contests


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Last season, as many as 7,000 Pittsburgh fans showed up to see the finals against Detroit – rain or shine.

Pittsburgh will have to play another season in the Mellon Arena, and the Penguins are already selling seasons tickets for 2010-2011.

Pennsylvania hockey fans are hoping – in the meantime – that the Pens will have learned to beat the Red Wings.

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