High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Civic Arena is a covered arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Constructed in 1961, for use by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Mellon Arena hosted multiple concerts, as well as hockey, basketball, tennis, boxing, wrestling, and soccer matches. It primarily served as the home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the city's National Hockey League franchise. The Arena was the world's first major indoor sports stadium with a retractable roof.