The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted an American Eagle Student Rush promotion on Monday night for their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Local high school and college students stood in line for hours for the opportunity to buy discounted tickets, the Penguins said there would be at least 500 available.
American Eagle Student Rush
Under the American Eagle Student Rush Mobile Club program, tickets for Pens home games and for other events, such as concerts or other sporting events, will be sold at the discounted Student Rush rate.
For updates on Student Rush ticket availability and pre-sale offers, text RUSH to 32623. All members of the American Eagle Student Rush Mobile Club will also have the chance to win free tickets before each Pens home game or event!
Here’s How It Works:
American Eagle Student Rush tickets will be pre-sold online, except for those designated Special American Eagle Student Rush nights where purchases must be made in cash (see more details below). Please note tickets often sell out during the online pre-sale. All tickets are subject to availability, and there may be a limit on the total number of tickets you may purchase. You may be required to pick up your tickets at the event venue. All students will be required to present the credit card used for the online purchase to redeem tickets, unless the ticket is purchased for a designated Special American Eagle Student Rush night. All students must present a valid student ID to pick up or purchase tickets. The Pittsburgh Penguins reserve the right to withhold tickets if a student does not have a valid student ID.
The students had been lined up around the stadium since 9 am, and to reward their loyalty, the Penguins decided to deliver pizzas. Head Coach Dan Bylsma, forwards James Neal, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis, defenseman Derek Engelland and goalie Marc Andre-Fleury all chipped in to deliver the pizzas. They figured it was the least they could do since these fans were braving the cold to cheer on their team for Monday night.
Neal, Dupuis and Engelland also took part in the first pizza delivery of the 2011-12 season. This along with a DJ, prizes and giveaways showed that the Pens appreciate the students’ support and dedication.
The players even took some time to autograph signs and take pictures with the students. A pair of Duquesne University students, Ashley Sutaria and Erin Seiner, took a photo with Dupuis, while Sutaria, who turned 20-years-old Monday, received a happy birthday wish from Neal.
This was a great idea and a great gesture by the Penguins and their organization; more teams should do giveaways like this.