Reporting Rick Dayton
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins are in Ottawa tonight for one of the final games of the regular season, but the playoff buzz is building as tickets went on sale this morning.
The Penguins don’t know who they will face in the first round and they don’t even know when they will play. However, the tickets went on sale anyway.
Tim Harbaugh got his wish.
“Anything. I was happy to get any to tell you the truth,” Harbaugh said.
Thirty minutes after the box office opens, you can walk right in and go to the front of what would be a line. The Internet has drastically changed how tickets are sold. Standing in line is no longer the norm.
“I think more people are just using their mobile apps, their phones. I just don’t like paying all the fees associated with that. But there were only about 15 people down here — and used to be they would wrap around and they would have a lottery system and now with technology the way it is, you can just go online or sit in your office and buy tickets on your phone,” Matt Szymanowski said.
But there is one very big reason people do wait in line for playoff tickets.
“Saves money. You don’t have to pay TicketMaster convenience fees, and you get a better likelihood of getting tickets because when you go to TicketMaster, I mean — there’s only 10 people in line — it’s only a 15 to 20 minute wait. That’s why I come down in person,” Doug Barksdale said.
With the new additions to the Pens’ lineup making a big splash, these fans expect to make many more trips to the box office for additional games in later playoff series.