In 2011, The Consol Energy Center, in its first season hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins and other concerts and sporting events, has already received rave reviews. Industry publication POLLSTAR named it the nation’s best new major concert venue, and it is the first arena in the United States to be LEED Gold-certified.
National Geographic Adventure placed Pittsburgh at number one on its list of seven “Adventure Cities.”
The Economist ranked Pittsburgh the most livable city in the United States and 29th most livable in the world. In the Global Livability Rankings, factors were considered under five major categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.
National Geographic named Pittsburgh one of the Best Trips in 2012. Pittsburgh was chosen for its “century-wide swath of architectural styles” which persuaded British film director Christopher Nolan to use downtown as a stand-in for Gotham City in the movie, Dark Knight Rises, as well as the sustainable designs like the David Lawrence Convention Center and its “quirky sense of humor.”
CNBC named Pittsburgh as the #1 Best City to Relocate to in America. The city has made a major transformation from an industrial town into a hub for education, healthcare and the arts. The cost of living is below the national average, as are home prices and unemployment rates. The crime rate is low, and the city is repeatedly rated as one of the most livable and ranks high on both arts and colleges. And, of course, Pittsburgh is rated as one of the best sports cities in the U.S.
Fox Sports rated PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, as #1 of the Top 10 Ballparks in MLB. The reasons include seats angled toward the field, best skyline view in sports, best out-of-town scoreboard, the Roberto Clemente Bridge over the Allegheny River, beautiful architecture, an uncommonly intimate feel and the best sight lines of any ballpark.