PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Stanley Cup is coming back to Pittsburgh and fans were out and about Sunday to celebrate!
After the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks around 10:45 p.m., people poured from their homes, bars and restaurants out to the streets to bask in the victory.
In addition to those watching at home, 15,000 people packed CONSOL Energy Center for a massive watch party.
Afterwards, Pens fans of all ages shouted with pride.
“We won the Stanley Cup, and now we’re coming for the Super Bowl!”
“Champions again, baby!”
The celebrations were perhaps the most boisterous on the city’s South Side, where East Carson Street was shut down.
“It’s just great that the team’s been able to come together in the second half of the season and full through, it feels great,” one fan said.
Police were out in full force to keep all celebrations safe and under control. Officers were seen on horseback early on outside the bars, making their presence known to fans.
Officials told KDKA after the win that they would allow the partying to go on for about 90 minutes.
People on the North Side were more subdued as they reflected on the season.
“What an outstanding year, what an outstanding comeback from halfway through the season, these guys deserve it,” one fan said.
“We’re so excited to have the Cup back home in Pittsburgh, and I can’t wait to see them drink some beer out of the Cup and celebrate!”
Local Dick’s Sporting Goods stores also re-opened to offer fans Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Championship gear.
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