Constructed in 1961, for use by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (CLO), Mellon Arena hosted multiple concerts, as well as hockey, basketball, tennis, boxing, wrestling, and soccer matches.
It primarily served as the home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city's National Hockey League (NHL) franchise.
The Arena was the world's first major indoor sports stadium with a retractable roof.
It was formerly named for Mellon Financial, which purchased the naming rights in 1999. Naming rights expired on August 1, 2010 and the arena once again is known as the Civic Arena.