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September 23, 2001

Mellon Arena - Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena -- affectionately known as The Igloo -- was the site of 2001's Unforgiven. It has played host to many WWE events, including SummerSlam in 1995; 1998's King of the Ring, which featured the brutal Undertaker vs. Mankind Hell in a Cell Match; and No Way Out in 2005. A Jan. 30, 1999, WWE event holds Mellon Arena's attendance record with 18,150.

The Igloo-like structure was built in 1961 for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. It boasts the world's largest retractable stainless steel dome with 170,000 square feet and 2,950 tons of Pittsburgh steel. Until 1999, the arena was known as the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, but today it is named for Pittsburgh-based Mellon Financial.

Mellon Arena has been the home of the National Hockey League's Penguins since 1967. The American Basketball Association's Xplosion also plays at the arena. Mellon has hosted many sports events and teams, including NCAA Men's Basketball tournament games, the American Football League's Gladiators, the Continental Basketball Association's Pirhanas and the Major Indoor Soccer League's Spirit. Acts that have performed at Mellon Arena include Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Grateful Dead and Garth Brooks. The 1995 action film, Sudden Death, starring Jean Claude Van Damme, and 1979 cult sports fantasy/comedy, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, were filmed at Mellon Arena.

Pittsburgh has approximately 330,000 residents, which is less than half its population in the 1950s when the steel business was booming. The hilly city has 446 bridges, 40 of which cross the three rivers which form the Golden Triangle, where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers form the Ohio River.

Major companies headquartered in Pittsburgh include United States Steel Corporation, H.J. Heinz Company, American Eagle Outfitters and General Nutrition Center. Pittsburgh has several large universities, including the Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, which is home to the second-tallest education building in the world -- the 42-story Cathedral of Learning which was completed in 1937. Pittsburgh's top-notch hospitals are world-renowned medical research institutions.

Pittsburgh's sports history is rich, and the city is often referred to as the "City of Champions." Pittsburgh had two Negro Leagues teams, and the Pittsburgh Pirates were the first Major League Baseball team to field an all-black lineup in 1971. The National Football League's Steelers won four Super Bowls in the 1970s. The Steelers won Super Bowl XL in 2006, becoming the third team in the NFL to have won five Super Bowls. Many famous athletes were born and raised in Pittsburgh, including baseball's Stan Musial, Honus Wagner and Ken Griffey Sr.; and NFL Hall of Famers, Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly and Joe Namath. Former WWE Superstar Kurt Angle hails from Pittsburgh.

The city is diverse in arts and culture, and famed playwright August Wilson and artist Andy Warhol were born and raised there. The National Aviary (bird zoo) and the world's first commercial radio station (KDKA 1020 AM) are also in the "Steel City."

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