Monday, 13th June 2005 by James Turnbull
The Mellon Arena is home to the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and more importantly was the setting for the 1995 Van Damme “classic” – Sudden Death. The arena was even on the movie poster along with an exploding helicopter.
The “radio tower” looking part is actually a 260 foot cantilever arm designed to support the eight steel ‘leaves’ that can fully retract in just 2 minutes. At 170,000 square feet it is apparently the “largest retractable, stainless steel dome roof in the world” – although I doubt there’s much competition for the title.