Penguins institute ticket waiting list
Two weeks removed from halting season-ticket sales for the first time, the Penguins made more history Monday by accepting requests from fans for placement on a waiting list.
With the club nearing a record of 13,500 full-season equivalent packages, the waiting list was established to meet public demand to attend the upstart hockey club's home games this season.
"This is a first for us," vice president of communications Tom McMillan said. "It is all very new."
A spot on the waiting list costs $200 per seat -- a fee that would be applied to the price of season tickets upon their availability.
Fans on the waiting list also receive opportunities to buy six- and 12-pack plans and single-game tickets before a public online sale date. In addition, fans are notified via e-mail of chances to buy select seats for non-hockey events at Mellon Arena before tickets become available to the public.
The two mini-plans are scheduled to go on sale the week of Aug. 8. Individual game tickets will become available to the general public Sept. 15.
The Penguins' waiting list is modeled after one instituted by the Minnesota Wild. It includes a yearly maintenance fee, which is assessed each subsequent season a name remains on the waiting list.
Team officials don't know the exact amount of the annual maintenance fee, but they say the fee is needed to encourage only fans with serious interest to fill the waiting list.
Only deposits from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia will be accepted for the waiting list -- in part to discourage out-of-market scalpers from securing tickets.
A waiting list request can be made by contacting the team's ticket department at (800) 642-7367 or via its official Web site at www.pittsburghpenguins.com .
Note: The 2007-08 NHL schedule is expected to be released Wednesday. In addition to eight intra-division games and four contests against other Eastern Conference clubs, the Penguins will likely play on the road against teams from the Western Conference's Pacific Division and at home against teams from the Northwest Division.
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