Newsletter for Wednesday, Oct. 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Goodbye, Consol Energy Center. Hello, PPG Paints Arena. (Photo via @realjpat.)
The Penguins announced Tuesday that Pittsburgh-based company PPG had signed a 20-year naming rights deal for the team’s arena, formerly known as the Consol Energy Center. With its “mission accomplished,” Consol gave up naming rights less than 10 years into a 21-year, $105 million contract. The financials of the new deal haven’t been disclosed, but it’s likely that PPG will pay millions of dollars for the privilege of calling the Downtown building PPG Paints Arena. Will the deal pay off for PPG? Will fans actually call the arena “The Paint Can?” Business professors from local universities weigh in.
The PSO’s 96 musicians are currently on strike, with performances cancelled until Oct. 27. Contract negotiations between the musicians and symphony management broke down last week over demands that the players take a 15-percent pay cut in base salary. While it’s clear why PSO musicians are walking the picket line outside Heinz Hall, performers from other orchestras have joined them as well. Why? Read about why the strike matters to all musicians in Pittsburgh.
FANS SAY GOODBYE TO THE KING
Fans and friends of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer said goodbye to The King at a public memorial service in Latrobe yesterday. Palmer died Sept. 25 at age 87. “He was an everyday man,” Jack Nicklaus said during the service at Saint Vincent Basilica Parish, USA Today reported. “Everyone’s hero. Arnold managed to remove the ‘I’ from icon and instead let the world share in his greatness.” Around 1,000 people were gathered inside the basilica, while thousands more watched the service from spots around Saint Vincent College, ESPN reported.
THE INCLINE LIKES
Like “Gilmore Girls?” Like coffee? (Are those separate questions?) From 7 a.m. to noon today, or while supplies last, two local coffee shops — Big Dog Coffee in the South Side Flats and Bookshelf Cafe in Morningside — are offering free coffee and transforming into Luke’s Diner from the series. Today is the 16th anniversary of the show’s pilot, and the countdown to the reboot is on — less than eight weeks to go. Here’s what you need to know (if you haven’t left yet).
At BRGR, you can get a Smoked Cinnamon Apple (bourbon + cinnamon + apple cider). Meanwhile, on the menu at Andys at the Fairmont: a Mule Undone (Arsenal Cider + ginger-infused vodka + spiced simple syrup). It’s no surprise cider-inspired drinks are flowing, as “Pennsylvania stands proud among hard-cider sippers. Pittsburgh is third in the rankings of national sales, followed by Harrisburg at No. 6 and Philadelphia at No. 7, according to Information Resources Inc.,” the Tribune-Review’s Sally Quinn reported. More on the cider explosion and recipes you can try at home.