History[edit | edit source]
The Ice Garden hosts locals sporting events (mainly hockey) and concerts. It also has banquet rooms and a restaurant, Murph's Pub. It was home to the Pittsburgh RiverRats indoor football team for one season (2007) as well as the Mon Valley Thunder of the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (also 2007). It was also the training camp for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1970's. The arena is currently home to the Mon Valley Thunder youth hockey association, the Elizabeth Forward Warriors hockey team, and the Serra Catholic Eagles hockey team.
Scenes from Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" were filmed here.
Incidents[edit | edit source]
On February 14, 2010, after heavy snowfall in Southwestern Pennsylvania, a 100-by-200-foot section of the roof of the Ice Gardens collapsed during a youth hockey tournament between Canadian and US teams. About five hours after the collapse, officials reported that everyone was accounted for and there were no serious injuries. Local TV stations reported from the scene that the collapse occurred shortly after a loud cracking noise was heard, giving adults enough time to evacuate hundreds of people, mainly children, from the arena before the roof came down. Construction has started to rebuild the arena, with hopes to reopen this September.  
References[edit | edit source]
- Dan Nephin. "Pa. ice rink roof collapses, but no one injured", February 14, 2010. Archived from the original on February 20, 2010.
- WTAE-TV News. "Snow Buckles Roof At Rostraver Ice Gardens", February 14, 2010. Archived from the original on February 19, 2010.
- WPXI-TV News. "Witness Describe Collapse at Hockey Arena", February 14, 2010.