Penguins New Arena Delayed

PITTSBURGH (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Penguins will just have to wait. An article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that planners working on the new arena are pushing back the timeline of the arena, possibly til 2010.

"There's an obligation to the community here to do this the right way," Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan told the paper "This is a necessary part of the process. You can't get ahead of yourself. If you're not ready, then you don't do it to just hit a deadline.

Groundbreaking for the $290 million dollar project Was expected to take place in September of this year with construction taking 2 years to complete but now it appears as if work will not start until later this year or even 2008.

The holdup appears to be in the planning process, which is still in the works with several studies, including an important traffic survey still in the offing.

HOK Sport, a Kansas City firm, is overseeing the design and planning phase on behalf of the Penguins. They have experience with sports complexes, with the design of PNC Park and Heinz Field under their belts. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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