Pens closer to new arena - PittsburghLIVE.com That was good enough for Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato to “declare victory” on the arena issue, which he said is now “off the table.”Let it be known, we have a done deal. We have a new arena. Dan Onorato said so. Bob O'Connor said so. And, this confidence comes from the clear words of Ed Rendell.
“I think it’s a done deal,” Onorato said. “No matter who wins this you have the arrangement now to build an arena with gaming money. And that’s where you want to be.”
Mayor Bob O’Connor said, “We have solved the Penguins issue.”
Still, the team has not committed to staying in Pittsburgh under the backup plan. It does not know enough about the proposal, said President Ken Sawyer.
I was there too, to listen. A mini-press event was there at the Wm. Penn by the elevators. A half-dozen or more reporters recorded the promise.
Seat licenses should start to go on sale next month.