Being that I was lucky enough to be able to visit the CONSOL Energy Center already, I decided that it would only be appropriate to make this week's pictures relevant to some of the Sid-related things you'll see there!!
First of all, the new arena is amazing just like everyone before me has said ... so BEAUTIFUL and i can't wait to go to a hockey game there (won't be too long now ... pre-season game on September 22nd)!!
The pictures I'm feature here this week are of HUGE photos, an illuminated shadow box and an even LARGER mural of Sid that are some of the tributes of him throughout the CONSOL. I include a paragraph to explain what you're seeing here (which is part of an article I'm working on about the CONSOL as a newly-appointed second Penguins writer for The Hockey Writers ... once I'm finished and have it posted, I will be sure to include a link to it!)!!
Most of the items that are pictured here are part of the "PNC LegendsLevel Suites" (the floor between the first and second sections which is ultimately where alot of the CONSOL's character comes alive with numerous pieces of "larger-than-life" artwork and photos of the players and the team hanging on the corridor walls and hallways lined with carpeted floors throughout the entire level, but the crowning jewels are the illuminated Legendary Moments shadow boxes paying tribute to a few of the more memorable moments in the organization's history including that very faithful day that most Pens fans are familiar with as "The Lottery" earning us the right to select Sidney Crosby as our #1 draft pick (which includes the actual #12 lottery ball as well as the envelope -- it may be hard to see, but I highlighted those things with a darker blue circles).
The huge mural of Sid - pictured below (with the windows which is actually part of their conference rooms) makes up one entire wall of the arena which is off to the right behind the escalators as you walk into the CONSOL through the Trib Total Media entrance. It's huge and gorgeous and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it, but most of the pictures don't do this building nearly enough justice -- you'll definitely be blown away when you get to see it in person for yourself!!!
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Holding Out for A Hero Bonnie Tyler (HftL's Theme Song)
Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream of what I need
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life
Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder end rising with the heat
It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet
Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I would swear that there's someone somewhere
Through the wind end the chill and the rain
And the storm and the flood
I can feel his approach
Like the fire in my blood
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