Peduto says Penguins playoff series will be economic boon
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto gave his tickets to Wednesday night's Penguins playoff game to a lucky fan outside the Consol Energy Center.
The mayor initially told the media he wanted to sell his seats because he had been invited to be the guest of another ticket-holder for Game One against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He wouldn't identify his benefactor, but said his regular seats probably have a better view than where he'll be sitting. He said he wanted to sell them at face value at $155 per ticket.
“I don't want to eat $310, so I'm hoping that someone out there will let me know if they want to buy them,” Peduto told reporters during a visit to the Hill District earlier in the day.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the mayor to change his mind and give the tickets to a fan who was celebrating a birthday. The fan was not identified and the mayor's spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Peduto, 49, has been a hockey fan since growing up in Scott, where several of his neighbors were Penguins players. He has been playing since 1972 in scholastic and intramural leagues and still plays when he can find time.
He wears No. 44 in honor of former Penguins player Rob Brown.
Peduto said he has had season tickets since the 1970s and goes with a group of seven friends from his school days. He said the playoffs are more than just an economic generator for the city.
Personally, he said, it means he won't have to shave his beard anytime in the near future. The mayor began growing a playoff beard and won't shave until the Penguins lose or win the Stanley Cup.
He predicts the Penguins will win the first best-of-seven series in six games.
“Beyond that it's our name in the papers worldwide on a daily basis. It's pride in knowing that we have the best team in the league, best team in the world and some of the greatest talent,” he said. “It's just a lot of fun.”
Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-765-2312 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- No. 22 WVU tops N.C. State for 3rd straight win
- Jeannette company’s miniature steam engines coveted for decades
- Sony hack signals new, public front in cyber warfare
- Butler County initiative aims to find employment for struggling job-seekers
- Harrison fire victim helps others while on road to recovery
- IBM’s Watson supercomputing system to be applied to PTSD
- Starkey: Chryst a miserable failure at Pitt
- Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches’ firings
- Harmar-based company’s expansion into Tarentum adds jobs
- Pouliot scores in NHL debut as Penguins tame Panthers
- PSU employee kicks cancer, picks up degree