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.