Penguins to open Consol Energy Center with Flyers
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins will face the rival Flyers in the first regular season game at Consol Energy Center Oct. 7.
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The energy and emotion for the first NHL regular-season game at Consol Energy Center probably would be palpable regardless of who the Penguins played.
Things no doubt will be amped higher with the cross-state and Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia Flyers coming to town Oct. 7.
The Penguins announced the details of the first game in their new arena Monday. It will start at 7 p.m., which will be the regular night-time faceoff time in the new arena.
The team has played in Mellon (nee Civic) Arena since its inception in 1967 but is moving across the street into the new building for the upcoming season.
Several other opponents would have been fitting choices -- Washington or Detroit, or perhaps Montreal, which was the visiting team for the first Penguins game at Mellon/Civic Arena in 1967.
Detroit will be at Consol Energy Center for the first preseason game, Sept. 22. There also will be exhibition games at the new arena against Columbus Sept. 25 and Chicago Sept. 28.
The full NHL schedule for the 2010-11 season will be released today.
First Published June 22, 2010 12:00 am