Reporting David Highfield
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins returned to the ice Wednesday night after a very long break.
It wasn’t an actual game, but rather a scrimmage. Just the same, for hockey-starved fans, it was a great night.
The crowd roared when the Penguins took to the ice for warm-ups before the scrimmage.
Some fans began lining up at 2 p.m. outside CONSOL Energy Center to get the best of the free seats.
Fans who made it to the front doors right as the scrimmage was beginning feared they would be turned away. Instead, they were led to luxury boxes to watch the game from there.
A spokesperson says only a few fans who arrived after the first period were unable to get inside. He called it a “standing-room-only crowd” at well over 18,000.
In addition to the free scrimmage, the Penguins will offer 50 percent off merchandise and vouchers for some free food items during the first four home games.
The team is also giving away prizes on social media.
The Penguins first actual game is Saturday. The first home game is next Wednesday.