As most of you know I’m a huge hockey fan! Hockey is my favorite sport and I usually make it out to 4 or 5 penguins games a year. Usually I don’t go till later in the year but my friend Brian was nice enough to invite me to the game against the Flyers, of course I took him up on the offer. The Penguins have really gained a lot of popularity this year since they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals last season. So the Penguins and Trib total media started the Faceoff Festival outside Mellon Arena for the first 4 home games. The festival included a video board to watch the game if you didn’t have tickets, food vendors, and special booths. Good to see stuff like this go on in Pittsburgh.
The tickets Brian got for the game were actually gold circle tickets. Gold circle tickets are special seats in every section. They include a TV for watching replays and a place to put food or drinks down. They even include a phone so you can order food so you don’t have to leave your seat. Definielty some good seats, but I would never pay for them…haha.
The Flyers are probably the Penguins biggest rivals and it was great to go to a game against them. I was at the last game we played against them where we defeated them to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. The rivalry is definietly still alive as there was a fight in the first period.
So something interesting happented in between the first and 2nd period. I sat back down in my seat and it just broke. The penguins do have the oldest building in the NHL and that is proof of it. We let the usher know that our seat broke and they were able to move us into Igloo East 3 rows behind the Flyers bench. This was the closest I’ve ever been, definitely cool but I wouldn’t want to watch a game from that close because you have to stand up to see plays in each end. It was cool being that close to the players though.
The game ended up going into overtime and the Pens won! You can check out my full recap of the game at ThinkPenguins.com.