Penguins to offer 2,200 tickets to Winter Classic
There may be a few more Penguins fans than initially believed when the team heads to Buffalo for the 2008 Winter Classic on Jan. 1.
According to a letter sent out to season ticket holders by team president David Morehouse, the Penguins have purchased 2,200 tickets for the event and will make those seats available to season ticket holders in a lottery.
In the letter there is a link to the Penguins Web site and instructions on how to enter the lottery.
Of the 2,200 seats, 1,200 will cost somewhere in the range of $29-$90. The remaining 1,000 seats will be deemed obstructed view as they will be less than 15 rows from the floor of Ralph Wilson Stadium, which will put the dasher boards in the line of sight.
Prospective buyers will have the option of where they want to sit if they win and will have to input that information at the time of purchase along with their credit card information and their season ticket holder identification number.
They have until Nov. 16 to enter the lottery and winners will be notified during the week on Nov. 19.
The letter also states there can only be one request per account so, even if the season ticket holder has an inordinate amount of tickets, they are only eligible to purchase two seats for the game against the Sabres.
As the visiting team the Penguins were initially only able to secure 1,500 seats for the event, which will mark the first NHL game played outdoors in the United States. This caused a furor from Penguins fans who felt left out of the process.
In a Town Hall Meeting with season ticket holders on Sept. 20 at Mellon Arena, Morehouse promised that he would do everything he could to get more tickets for Penguins fans for the game.
The initial purchase allotment went mostly to hockey fans located in the Buffalo and Toronto areas and allowed them to buy up to 50 tickets apiece. The event sold out in under an hour.
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