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Mellon Arena Roof Could Open For One Final Show This Summer

Mellon Arena's Roof Has Not
Been Fully Retracted Since 1995

Mellon Arena officials are "exploring the possibility of opening the arena's distinctive retractable roof one last time to close down the 48-year-old building this summer," according to Mark Belko of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Jay Roberts, GM for Mellon Arena and arena operator SMG, yesterday confirmed that the idea is "under consideration," but he added that there are "plenty of hurdles in the way that could derail the effort." The main one is "whether the roof will open," as Roberts said that it "hasn't been opened since at least 2001 and then only 'a crack.'" He added that the "last time it was fully retracted was 1995." Roberts noted that there are "other considerations as well." To open the roof, the arena's "huge scoreboard would have to be removed beforehand." Rigging cables used by a lot of concert acts also "would have to come down, further complicating the effort." Still, officials are "exploring the idea as part of a grand finale for the iconic silver-domed building," and Roberts said that SMG is "considering several artists for the arena's final show." Roberts added that "no final decision had been made." Belko notes SMG also is "trying to line up a big-name act to open the Consol Energy Center," and "one name that has been mentioned but not confirmed: former Beatle Paul McCartney, who is touring this year" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/25).

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