Today marks the beginning of the end for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mellon Arena, and the beginning of a new age for hockey as groundbreaking for the new $290 million arena along Centre Avenue is scheduled for today. The arena is slated to open for the 2010-2011 season.
The biggest item could be the Mellon Arena's iconic stainless steel roof -- 170,000 square feet in eight retractable leaves. With a street value of 70 cents a pound, the stainless steel could bring more than $400,000 after it's cut into 5-foot-by-2-foot sections and recycled, according to some estimates.
A Mellon Arena estate sale surely wouldn't stop there, however.
Before Three Rivers Stadium was imploded in 2001, the Stadium Authority made $1.17 million by auctioning off everything from the Sony JumboTron (part of a lot that went for $519,000) to the bullpen home plate ($3,100) to a U.S. flag that flew at the stadium ($650).