he final stop on my 30 Plus Teams Tour of Pittsburgh was, what else?
Attending a sporting event.
This time because baseball season hadn’t started, and the football team, the Steelers had finished their season, I decided to see the team that just happens to be the defending hockey champions , the Pittsburgh Penguins .
It was the day after my birthday, the hotel is right next door, why not go?
No actually this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour and one the first things you do on a 30 Plus Teams Tour is check to see what teams are playing when you’ll be in the city.
I checked the schedule for the Penguins, found out that they would be playing the San Jose Sharks and called up a girlfriend who lived in the city and got us tickets for the game.
Penguins tickets are always hard to get because of the popularity of the team so I was really lucky to get these.
Word of advice from the Sports Diva, if you think tickets are too expensive on the team’s own website, try one of the second party dealers like Stub Hub, NBA ticket exchange, NHL Ticket exchange or even Vivid Seats .
Don’t worry if the name on the ticket isn’t yours.
More than likely, it’s a season ticket holder who for some reason or another doesn’t want to or can’t attend the game.
The night of game there was a lot of snow, and it was 25 degrees, but since my hotel was right next door, no worries .
As I was just getting over being sick you’d better believe that I was dressed warmly, even though I still was dressed like the sports team apparel fashionista that I am .
This arena used to be known as the Consol Energy Arena, but as with most sports arenas these days, when a company goes out of business and a new company takes over, they have the right to change the name of the arena to whatever they want , no matter how really silly the name sounds.
The arena is now known as the Pittsburgh Paints Arena , and our seats are in the 200 section.
That may seem high, but compared to other hockey arenas in the United States and Canada , it really isn’t .
We can see the ice, the flags of the United States and Canada and the five championship banners hanging from the rafters.
What you can’t see from your seat on the ice, just look up at the big scoreboard.
You’ll see everything there , including graffics urging you to make some noise .
As a New Yorker, I find this kind of funny.
You don’t need to tell us to get loud or make some noise at a sporting event or any where else.
It’s in the DNA, I guess.
I had been to a Penguins game a few times but this time I really noticed just how reserved and quiet the fans were.
The team does have a mascot, Iceburgh, who gets the fans hyped up with his antics and drum beating, and of course , fans scream out every once and awhile , “Let’s Go Pens!”
But once again, it wasn’t with the excitement and passion that I’ve heard at other arenas, like New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston, let alone in Toronto at a Blue Jays baseball game .
Could it be that because the team has been doing well thst Penguins fans have been really spoiled by their team?
I don’t know .
I had a good time at the game as the Penguins won, but it didn’t feel like a sports atmosphere.
It felt more like being at a boring concert with people sitting on their hands waiting for something to happen .
Sorry Pittsburgh , I expected better from you when taking in Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game .