June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux (left) and head coach Dan Bylsma on the stage as their first round draft pick is announced during the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pens Plans: Give Back to Fans


The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that for the first four home games they will offer free selected concession choices and all merchandise in selected stores will be half-off.

According to the Penguins team site, fans who attend will each be given a “voucher.”  They will then get to choose any three free items from hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, chicken sandwiches, salads, pretzels and drinks.

The fans who go to these games will also be able to go to PensGear stores and purchase anything half-off. One is located in the main lobby of the CONSOL Energy Center and the other is located at SouthSide Works.

The organization will also plan on using the week heading up to the home opener for various contests.  Fans will get the chance to win prizes that include a pair of tickets to every home game for the season, autographed jerseys from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury, $700 in PensGear merchandise and more.

In addition to these gifts, the organization is continuing its thoughtfulness. For the home opener, attendees will get a gold t-shirt reading, “Great Day For Hockey,” and for the following 15 home games different promotions will be planned.

This all comes just moments after the public found out that the Tampa Bay Lightning were giving season tickets away (while supplies last) for $200. Because the lockout ate away half the year, it’s nice to see the organization’s recognizing the true victims of the NHL’s exile.

More specifically towards the Penguins though, this comes following the organization’s formal apology to the fans for hockey’s absence. Again, the Pens demonstrate classy behavior and generous character.  And although some fans probably feel as though a lot more should be given to them – it’s better than nothing.

Look for other teams throughout the league to follow in these team’s footsteps.

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