From Paul Swaney, who is the author of Stadium Journey:
My website, Stadium Journey has been publishing stadium reviews from around the world since early 2009. Last weekend we published our magazine which ranked the Top 100 stadiums of 2011. I thought that you and your readers would be interested that Consol Energy Center ranked #17 on our list, and #3 in the NHL. I would be grateful if you would share a link on your site. Thank you for your consideration. I appreciate your support. I hope to hear from you soon...
From the review atomsphere got five stars:
The atmosphere was electric. The sound system was loud, playing a good assortment of music, and the fans were even louder. I was also highly impressed with the politeness of the stadium staff. We had an issue with our tickets at the Will Call window (we received only one ticket instead of two because of printer issues), and the manager was quick to make a few phone calls and get us new tickets printed as quickly as possible.
Have to disagree with the good assortment of music thing. But whatever. If crowd leaving early were a catergory, man.
Something we did agree with in the review:
The main draw back and the reason for only 4 stars was that the arena was built on a lot that was small. The result was narrow concourses, aisles and rows, much more than most new sports buildings. This was really evident when leaving or returning to your seat during the intermissions. Navigating through the seats and the concourses proved difficult. It seemed that if the arena was maybe 30 feet wider and there was little more room on each concourse, traffic would flow better. As it was, things were very tight and the concession lines ran into each other and into the standing room only seats.
We're probably a little too hard on Consol. Or maybe it is just thing:
( Pic via Colin M.)