Mellon Arena - Pittsburgh, PA
When it first opened in 1961, the Mellon Arena was known as the Civic Arena. In December 1999, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed an $18-million, 10-year agreement to rename the facility Mellon Arena after the Pittsburgh-based bank.
The Mellon Arena hosted its first show, the Ice Capades, on Sept. 19, 1961. Notable performances at Mellon Arena include The Beatles, Elvis Presley and the Page/Plant concert on March 25, 1995, which registered the highest attendance ever in the Arena (17,764) until January 30, 1999 when 18,150 fans packed the arena for a WWE live event.
The Mellon Arena is famous for its revolutionary architectural design which features the largest retractable, stainless steel dome roof in the world--170,000 total square feet and 2,950 tons of Pittsburgh steel. The arena, which was featured in the 1995 film "Sudden Death" starring Jean Claude Van Damme, boasts a dome that is designed to open or close in just two minutes.
Prior to No Way Out 2005, Mellon Arena hosted three WWE pay-per-view events. In August 1995, SummerSlam hit the Steel City, and Shawn Michaels defeated Razor Ramon in a re-match of their infamous WrestleMania X Ladder Match. Then in June 1998, the King of the Ring pay-per-view saw the infamous Hell in a Cell Match between Undertaker and Mankind, as well as Kane defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the WWE Championship. Finally, in September 2001, hometown hero Kurt Angle defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the WWE Championship at Unforgiven. The Mellon Arena also saw the WWE debuts of Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero during the Jan. 31, 2000 edition of Monday Night RAW.