Season-Ticket Holders Upset(?)

Apparently some Pens’ season-ticket holders are none too pleased with their Winter Classic seats. And some of these fans are complaining – to the Pens and to the media.

At first glance, I’d like to tell these people to shut the hell up. I’d like to tell them they should be glad they’re going to the game no matter where they’re sitting. Upon further thought, however, these people just might have a legit gripe. They’re supporting the team by spending their hard-earned cash for season tickets. Why shouldn’t they be rewarded when it comes time to assign seats for the WC at Heinz Field?

But here’s the rub: it’s really not the Pens fault. Their hands are tied by the almighty NHL. Even though the WC will be played in Pittsburgh, the “game” is controlled by the NHL. The Pens are merely following orders and distributing the tickets allotted them by the league as fairly as possible.

Although the Winter Classic is technically a regular-season game, it’s really not. It is not treated as a Pens’ home game. We were lucky enough to land the event; now we have to deal with the realities that come with it – the corporate B.S., 20,000 or so Caps’ fans, etc.

Part of me thinks some fans are getting a little spoiled. Keep in mind that the Pens will appear in two Winter Classics before most teams even get remote consideration, and our fine city was chosen to host the event in just its fourth year of existence.

That said, season-ticket holders who feel shafted have the right to complain. But if you’re going to do so, bitch to the NHL not to the Pens organization.

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  • Evan

    It is absolutely a Penguins home game, we play the Caps 4 times a season, and only one other game is at the CEC. I’m not angry at the Penguins or Capitals, but with 64000+ seats at the field, we get seats where we could almost touch the roof? You will need binoculars to see the puck, while the NHL gives tens of thousands of seats to mainly corporate partners and investors who most likely could care less about the game itself, how about they sit in the upper level seats and engage in their snobbery up there? Money and power will be misused and misappropriated until the end of time.

    • Bill Mayer

      “Money and power will be misused and misappropriated until the end of time.” Truer words have never been spoken. No doubt the average fan is getting the shaft here. But, again, this is a league event kind of like the All-Star game. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it is.

  • Cara

    I don’t think that Season Ticket Holders are the only ones to be upset. I may only make it to 5 games a year but I support the Pens in many ways. The Caps STH should not be given the amount of tickets they have. They’re getting about 15000 tickets more than any other visiting team has recieved. I got shut out of the last one and since this one is in Pittsburgh I deserve a better shot at tickets than this. More general tickets should be made available to the local area. I’m getting to the point that I don’t even want to watch the game.

    • Bill Mayer

      I’m in total agreement with you, Cara, and I feel your pain. I, too, probably won’t make it to the game due to the lack of tix available to the public, and I’m not exactly happy about it. It ain’t fair, but this is one of the few downsides to having a great team.