This is it. The Igloo will soon be entirely demolished. All of the movable roof panels have been pulled down. The east skyboxes, in place during my last visit one month ago, have been torn down. Most of the ring that supported the roof panels has been jack-hammered away. All that remains to be taken down are the two fixed roof panels and the support arm that held up the roof, and that all may come down in a few days.
I have been lax in posting photos from this project but now that it is near its end, I’ve got to decide how to present the better images of the thousands I have taken.
Here is a sample from March 2, 2012, from my last trip out to Pittsburgh.
The Igloo after the exterior stainless steel skin was cut off the roof.
One of the original gate pillars. In recent years the pillars were covered in bright yellow (plastic?) sheaths.
Food concessions along the east concourse looking towards the demolished seating area.
A view of the inner workings of the roof panels. For demolition prep, the panels were moved by hand and they glided around on the ring quite easily.
Demolishing the walkway surrounding the arena. That’s the office tower of Union Station in the background.
Support arms that held the upper deck (north end) (later addition) in place.
The D-Level seats on the east side.
Adjacent panels were moved away from this one in preparation for its pull-down.
I was able to set up a camera inside to record this pull down. Workers used blowtorches to cut part-way into the beams at the top of the panel. Cables were fastened to the beams and then pulled by one of the largest machines used in the demmolition, bringing down the roof panel.
Under the ring after the panel was pulled down.
A long view into the arena where a panel had just been pulled down.
This view of the debris is from near the north tunnel entrance into the arena floor, looking over what had been the outer walkway around the building. The new rink, the Consol Center, is barely visible at upper left.
East skyboxes and D-Level seats.
Looking up the ramp to the C-Level on the east side.
View of the downtown skyline. This was intended to be the backdrop when the roof was opened for performances and events.
I just came across this set of excellent construction photographs, 141 in all. So strange that I have essentially taken some of the same exact photographs 50 years later, but in reverse.