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Making amends: Pens offer freebies, Bolts sell season tickets for $200

Jan 10, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

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Two NHL clubs have begun offering fans incentives to return post-lockout.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are offering a number of discounts through the team website — here’s more, from Josh Yohe of the Tribune-Review:

Fans will receive vouchers for free concession items and have the ability to purchase merchandise for 50 percent off during the team‘s first four home games, the Penguins announced on their website.

It was also announced that the Penguins will be giving away prizes to fans in contests held on the team‘s website during the next week.

The Penguins also said they’ll allow fans to watch training camp practices at Consol Energy Center free of charge.

Another club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, put together a limited-time offer, selling 200 season ticket packages for $200.

Yeah, that’s right — 200 bucks.

Here’s more, from the team website:

The Tampa Bay Lightning are welcoming fans back to the rink and thanking them for their support by offering a $200 season ticket in the GTE Terrace Level as the team returns to ice. The special season ticket membership will go on sale today, January 9 and run while supplies last.

At just $200, becoming a Lightning Season Ticket Member has never been more affordable. Those who invest in these special memberships will also receive a $25 gift card to Tampa Bay Sports, the team’s official merchandise store inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

I have to say, that deal is outrageous. Not only do you get to watch Stamkos, St. Louis, Lecavalier et al. 24 times, you also get 24 opportunities to see Guy Boucher’s death stare:

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So…will the fans come back?

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  1. bensawesomeness - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    all the fans of the other 28 teams are anxiously awaiting to see if anything’s coming for them. it’s like trying to buy my love, and I like it

  2. blkhwk21 - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Top that Mr. Wirtz

  3. lsxphotog - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    The Lightning know how to keep their fans happy…because Tampa seriously has a short attention span. I know many people who don’t even know we have an NHL team because everyone only knows what’s trendy here.

    • tbbolts91 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      short attention span? huh? please elaborate

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      You know, once you cross the bridge and are actually in Tampa, that attention span switches from hockey to locking the doors.

      Tampa is a hole
      St. Pete is nice

  4. DED - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Good moves! The owners of these two teams realize what a colossal mistake the Lockout was and know how pissed off fans are. I’m envious of Bolts fans. $200 for 24 games! You’d get two games at MSG for that much and don’t get me started on concessions…

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Please elaborate ! I’m curious to read what beer prices are, i’m pretty sure it’s $10 dollars @ Scottrade Center .

  5. nhstateline - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Speaking as a Bruins sth, I’m on pins and needles to see what we get….will it be smaller beer cups and higher prices or more salt on the popcorn or more water in those beer cups with the higher prices or smaller, more expensive hot dogs. The NHLPA and fans everywhere else found out what most of us in Boston had known for a long time about Jeremy Jacobs. It might have been the only thing I liked about the lockout….listening to fans and players make the same argument about the Bruin ownership that the fans here had been making for almost thirty years.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      I’m expecting them to release a 48 games for the price of 82 promotion anytime this week.

      Can you imagine if this was coming off the 07 season? Jacobs lucked out on the timing of the Cup win because it left him with a long waiting list for season tickets.

    • supercoop8 - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      Season ticket holders get to check Jacobs’ decrepit body for suspicious looking moles.

  6. tmoore4075 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Wish I lived in Tampa that’s a heck of a deal. Here is what I think the Wings will do………

    That’s about it.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      No, No you don’t unless you actually live in downtown Detroit. (or Chicago)

  7. jaredphi - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Calling Mr. Snider…..Mr. Ed Snider…ahem

    *waits expectantly*

  8. mj1818 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    The fans will be there in full force we have been craving hockey!

  9. rca26 - Jan 10, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    It’s so great that Tampa Bay’s reward for suffering through the most inept ownership in pro sports is Jeff “Daddy Warbucks” Vinik. This guy’s seriously almost too good to be true as an owner, especially after everything OK Hockey put us through.

  10. therealjr - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    50% off $35 baseball caps. Yeah, put me down for ten.

    The only teams that will do anything halfway decent are the ones that struggle to draw.

  11. davepol - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Goodie. As a Pens season ticket holder, I get the first four games to enjoy some low-margin freebies and half-off already ridiculously marked-up merchandise at PensGear… then they’ll continue their regular policy of price gouging for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs.

    I’m wondering if they’ll discount (or at least hold the line on) ticket prices for 2013-14? Now that’ll be putting their money where their collective mouths are!

    We’ll see. Season ticket renewal letters go out two weeks after the regular season begins…

    • davepol - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      And another thing… the congestion in the concourses and lines at the concession stands at the Consol Energy Center are already ridiculous to begin with. I’m just trying to anticipate how unbe-freakin-lievably bad will they be when they hand 18,000+ fans vouchers for free refreshments?

      I hope thy have a plan in place? If you’ll be visiting from out of town for any of the first four games, here’s a word of advice: DON’T come between a Pittsburgher and a free burger!

      • jtrain1966 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        Same could be said about a St. Louis fans, with beer, brats, & nachos !

  12. shotzongoal - Jan 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Lightning tickets sold out in a matter of hours!

  13. pensfan603 - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    To bad i live in nnew hampshire.. oh well free website stuff, another example of how great our owners are

  14. kitshky - Jan 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    On a related note, in Canadian rinks across the country owners have all agreed to give the fans 5.2% off all merchandise bought after the 13:00 minute mark of the 2nd period … but only on every second Tuesday if a home happens to fall on those nights. And the rinks will still be full.

    (…and beer prices have gone up 3% across the board)

    • theiss64 - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      The Penguins are not doing it to sell seats. They have a sellout streak of over 250 games in a row, and a season ticket waiting list of over 10,000. They’re not doing it to get people to the arena…they are doing to to say thanks for sticking with us.

      • kitshky - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM


        What does that have to do with the fact that Canadian hockey teams take their fans for granted?

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