Penguins, UPMC pick alternate site in Cranberry for complex

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have decided on an alternate site for a $70 million sports medicine complex north of the city.

The parties had discussed building in the Village of Cranberry Woods development near Route 228, but have decided instead to build on 13 acres, also near Route 228 but much closer to Interstate 79.

The team and UPMC officials said the new site will be more accessible and make the complex more visible.

The UPMC Lemieux Sports complex slated to open by July 2015 will feature two ice rinks and will be the hockey equivalent of a sports medicine and practice facility UPMC already has with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

UPMC will build and own the center, but the Penguins would lease it and practice there.