PPG Paints Arena opened on August 18th, 2010, as a multi-purpose indoor arena which is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has been the home venue for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) since opening. The capacity of PPG Paints Arena varies depending on the event. For ice hockey games, the capacity is 18,187.

PPG Paints Arena replaced the Penguins’ former arena, Civic Arena (formerly known as Mellon Arena), which was completed in 1961. A ceremonial ground-breaking was held on August 14th, 2008. Soon after the arena opened in 2010 it was named “Best New Major Concert Venue” in the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards and “Best NHL Arena” in the Sports Business Journal reader poll.

The arena was originally named Consol Energy Center (CEC) after Consol Energy purchased the naming rights in December 2008. The current name comes from Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries, who purchased naming rights in October 2016.

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Pittsburgh International Airport

How to Get to Pittsburgh

The nearest airport to PPG Paints Arena is Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) which is approximately 15 miles away. British Airways offer direct flights from London Heathrow (LHR) with a flight time of approximately 8 hours and 15 minutes. Several other airline options are available with a layover.

If you are already in the US and looking to travel to/from the PPG Paints Arena, then you have the choice of most US domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet.

Public Transport

There are several public transportation options available around PPG Paints Arena. The Port Authority of Allegheny County provides bus service to the area surrounding PPG Paints Arena with multiple routes serving inbound stops along Fifth Avenue and outbound stops along Forbes Avenue. Additionally, Port Authority’s light rail service, commonly known as the “T,” connects three Downtown stations with Station Square and the South Hills. The Steel Plaza station is located closest to PPG Paints Arena, at Ross Street and 6th Avenue.

There is also a designated rideshare drop-off zone curb side at Wylie Avenue and Fullerton Street before and after events.

Staying in Team Town

PPG Paints Arena is in the Uptown neighbourhood of Pittsburgh, also known as the Bluff. Beyond the Airbnb and Sonder options there are many hotels nearby to suit all budgets, which can be booked directly or via one of the hotel reservation booking sites.

Some of the closest hotels include the Cambria Hotel Pittsburgh – Downtown, which is located next door to PPG Paints Arena, and the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, which is located across the street from the arena. Other nearby hotels include the Drury Plaza Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown, Omni William Penn Hotel, and Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown.

Pittsburgh Penguins Tickets

The Pittsburgh Penguins sell their tickets via Ticketmaster.

The official ticket partner for the NHL is Ticketmaster.

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown are before the selling platform fees are added, so take time to have a read of my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the team’s Mobile App to your phone as it contains much Gameday information for the stadium.

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