The Associated Press August 4, 2011, 12:52PM ET

Judge denies urgent plea to stop Pa. arena razing

A federal judge has denied an immediate request to prevent demolition of the Pittsburgh Penguins' former home, the Civic Arena, saying there's still time to hold a hearing before exterior demolition begins next month.

Preservation Pittsburgh wants to save the 50-year-old building with the retractable, Igloo-shaped dome because of its architectural history. They would like to see it reused for another purpose and asked for a temporary restraining order Thursday because a city demolition permit is expected to be granted Aug. 15.

But the judge says that's not necessary because the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority says exterior demolition on the parts of the building the group wants to save won't start until Sept. 15, giving the court sufficient time to schedule a hearing on the dispute.

The authority and the Penguins, who now play in Consol Energy Center across the street, want to redevelop the arena property.

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