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[NHL] It's official, Pens staying in Pittsburgh!


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(KDKA) PITTSBURGH After all the uncertainty, and the back and forth discussion over whether the Pittsburgh Penguins would stay here or possibly leave town, the long wait could finally over.

KDKA sources confirm that the new arena deal is done.

KDKA?s Bob Pompeani reports that the city, the state, and the Penguins have all come to an agreement over how to build and pay for a new arena.

And that means the Pens will stay right here in Pittsburgh.

Pompeani reports that an official announcement is expected before tomorrow night's home game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Last week's meeting in Philadelphia lasted more than four hours and produced significant progress on the framework for a new multi-purpose arena. Some bigger stumbling blocks were finance rates on an extra $20 million added as a contingency to a proposed arena bond issue.

Sources tell Pompeani that the overall price tag will be higher than the original $290 million that was first discussed.

The Penguins have agreed to put up four million a year toward a new building. They also have agreed to put up $500,000 a year for a new parking garage in the arena complex.

While the recent appeals of the casino license awarded to Don Barden were of concern to the Penguins, Thursday's meeting in Philadelphia seemed to soften their concerns, and paved the way for this agreement, which will keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future.

There is still a meeting scheduled for this Wednesday to fully finish the deal.

Source: http://kdka.com/topstories/local_story_071223515.html

Finally!!! This is amazing news.:D:D

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Great News for the NHL (Pittsburgh is a significant market).

Bad News for Fred (I wanted them to move to Hamilton or Kitchener/Waterloo, ON).

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Good for pittsburgh, I remember a game when the power went out at the melon twice in a game against the leafs. They should have a new stadium to show off Crosby and Malkin

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