Pittsburgh, PA – Mellon Arena (HDR)

Mellon Arena B&W HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix, Silver Efex Pro

Hockey season is opening this week for the NHL.  My favorite team…the Pittsburgh Penguins are the defending NHL Champions.  Here is a shot of their home for this year…the Mellon Arena.  Or it can be called the Igloo as it looks like one!  This is the last year for the Igloo.  The Penguins will have a new home next year…so this will be the last season for this arena.

Here is some info from the web: The US$ 22 million arena was built for the CLO in 1961. Funding was provided by a combination of public and private money, including grants from Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, and Edgar J. Kaufmann owner of Kaufmann’s department store. The arena’s design incorporated 2,950 tons of stainless steel from Pittsburgh. The Arena was designed for the CLO, which previously held productions at Pitt Stadium. The roof, which is supported by a 260 foot arch, is free of internal support leaving no obstruction for the seats within. The roof, which has a diameter of 415 feet, is divided into eight sections. Six of the sections could fold underneath two—in two and one-half minutes—making the Mellon Arena the world’s first major indoor sports stadium with a retractable roof  The stadium’s capacity fluctuates depending on the event being hosted, but has increased due to additions between 1972 and 1991. The arena originally consisted only of lower bowl seating, but over time, upper decks were installed in the arena’s “end zones” to increase capacity. In December 1999, Mellon Financialpurchased the Arena’s naming rights in a 10 year, $18 million agreement, which renamed the arena Mellon Arena.

This shot was with my tripod and cable release…5 exposures and post processed in Photomatix.  A little touch up in Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro to give it the glow and B&W effect.   Good luck Penguins!   Hope your day skates on by!