CRANBERRY TWP — The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex will open its doors this weekend to give the community a look at the facility before it officially opens Monday.
The complex is located at 8000 Cranberry Springs Drive, which is just east of Interstate 79 and north of Route 228. The facility will be the primary practice and training center for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The complex also includes an outpatient medical facility for the UPMC Sports Medicine department.
The public is coming Saturday for tours of the complex, but all the tours have been filled, said Chuck Finder, manager of media relations for UPMC. There are other tours scheduled for Sunday for the public to view the complex before its official opening on Monday. Tours for both days have been filled. Pre-registration was required for both the Saturday and Sunday tours.
The public has been invited to bring skates or rent them to try out the rinks. The Training Table cafe and the PensGear team store will be open to customers too. The tours of the complex will be 90 minutes and more than 500 people at a time are expected to tour it. More than 10,000 people are expected on each day.
The public will have a chance to view UPMC Sports Medicine clinic, physical therapy gym, Penguins locker room, Zamboni area and other areas of the facility. Participants can skate at the event as long as they have a waiver form and have indicated that they will be skating on the registration. Skating starts 15 minutes after each session begins and ends 15 minutes before the end of the session.
Members of the Pittsburgh Penguins SUPERCUTS Ice Crew and Iceburgh, the Penguins mascot, also will be making appearances during the tours, according to the Open House FAQs.