Rostraver Ice Garden

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The Rostraver Ice Garden is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in the Pittsburgh suburb of Rostraver Township, Pennsylvania, USA at exit 43, 43a and 43b on Interstate 70[1].

History[edit]

Opened in 1965, the Ice Garden hosts local sporting events (mainly hockey) and concerts. It also has banquet rooms and a restaurant, Murph's Pub. It was home to the Pittsburgh RiverRats indoor football team for one season (2007) as well as the Mon Valley Thunder of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (also 2007). It was also the training camp for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1970s. The arena is currently home to the Mon Valley Thunder youth hockey association, the Elizabeth Forward Warriors hockey team, and the Serra Catholic Eagles hockey team. Also the California University of Pennsylvania Men's and Women's hockey teams play their home games here.

The Ice Garden is also famous among wrestling fans as the venue for Extreme Championship Wrestling in the Pittsburgh area in the mid-to-late 90s.

Scenes from Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" were filmed here.

Incidents[edit]

On February 14, 2010, after heavy snowfall in Southwestern Pennsylvania, a 100-by-200-foot section of the roof of the Ice Gardens collapsed during a youth hockey tournament between Canadian and US teams. About five hours after the collapse, officials reported that everyone was accounted for and there were no serious injuries.[1] Local TV stations reported from the scene that the collapse occurred shortly after a loud cracking noise was heard, giving adults enough time to evacuate hundreds of people, mainly children, from the arena before the roof came down. The arena reopened to the public, with a new roof, on October 21, 2010.[2][3]

Coordinates: 40°11′58″N 79°49′32″W / 40.199323°N 79.825641°W / 40.199323; -79.825641

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dan Nephin (February 14, 2010). "Pa. ice rink roof collapses, but no one injured". Associated Press. 
  2. ^ WTAE-TV News (February 14, 2010). "Snow Buckles Roof At Rostraver Ice Gardens". 
  3. ^ WPXI-TV News (February 14, 2010). "Witness Describe Collapse at Hockey Arena".