The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their 2010 preseason schedule with the first hockey game ever played at Consol Energy Center when they host the Detroit Red Wings on Sept. 22.
The Penguins on Wednesday announced their six-game preseason schedule, which includes home-and-home matchups with Detroit, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
The other home games are Sept. 25 against Columbus and Sept. 28 against Chicago. The Penguins normally play two preseason home games but added a third home game this year because of heightened interest in the new arena.
"Our feeling is that more fans will want the chance to see and experience Consol Energy Center, so we thought it made sense to add the third preseason home game," team president David Morehouse said in a statement.
Full season ticket holders will have two of the three preseason games in their packages – the Sept. 22 opener against Detroit and the Sept. 28 matchup with Chicago. The Penguins are working on a special youth-oriented event in connection with the preseason game against Columbus.
The NHL's regular-season schedule is slated to be announced next week.