One of the many things the Pittsburgh Penguins organization is incredible with is maintaining a good relationship with the individuals that pay to watch the team play, and to whom they depend on for large part of their monetary success as a team — the fans.
You could’ve bet on the Penguins turning the negative event of the NHL lockout into a positive opportunity to make it up to the fans for their unwavering support of the team throughout the entire ordeal. They haven’t disappointed.
It began on the very day the lockout ended with a statement being released by Mario Lemieux, Ron Burkle and David Morehouse promising to “do everything we can to regain your trust and show how much we value your amazing support.”
The Penguins are using this season’s promotional schedule to help them accomplish the rest. Through the first promotion, the organization is keeping its word to “repay it many times over” and for the first four home games held at the CONSOL, the Penguins will be treating fans to free select concession items as well as 50% off all merchandise at each PensGear store. In addition, fans will be given a promotional item at each of the first 15 home games starting with a gold “Great Day for Hockey” t-shirt at the home-opener. The week leading up to the first home game at the CONSOL, there will be contests for fans to win the following phenomenal prizes (through the official webpage and social media):
• A pair of tickets to every home game during the 2013 regular season
• A road trip for two to see the Penguins play the Rangers in New York City (airfare, accommodations, tickets)
• Three autographed jerseys – one each from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury
• Four seats in the first row at the home opener, including dinner in the Lexus Club and limo service to and from the game
• Two five-game mini-plans
• Six lower bowl tickets to any regular season game
• $700 of merchandise at PensGear
Training camp will also be open to the public at no cost to the fans. Tickets to individual games are set to go on sale this coming Tuesday.
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