The estimated construction cost is $290 million. Groundbreakingis scheduled for this September, and the venue is expected to openin time for the 2009-2010 hockey season.

No stranger to Pittsburgh, HOK Sport designed PNC Park for thePittsburgh Pirates baseball team and Heinz Field for the PittsburghSteelers football team at costs of $237 million and $281 million,respectively. Both of those venues opened in 2001.

The architectural firm and Icon have worked together on numerousarenas, including the new Sprint Center in Kansas City, which,ironically, was chief among the sites that almost drew the Penguinsaway from Pittsburgh when negotiations for a new stadium herereached a deadlock.

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