County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto announced today that they have proclaimed tomorrow, Thursday, May 25, as "Black and Gold" Day in Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final against the Ottawa Senators will be played in Pittsburgh.
"We know from experience that no one should ever count a Pittsburgh team out, and Game 7 will be no exception," said Fitzgerald. "Let's show everyone watching that when you play a Pittsburgh team, you play the entire region. Tomorrow, we'll not only bleed black and gold, but we'll wear it too. Let's Go Pens!"
"It's time to do what we do best, Pittsburgh," said Peduto. "Let's paint the town black and gold for Game 7 tomorrow. It's time to send the Senators packing once and for all. Let's Go Pens!"
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The full text of the joint proclamation follows:
WHEREAS, the Pittsburgh Penguins are making a return to the Stanley Cup Championships for the 2016-17 season with a 50-21-11 record and 111 points scored in the regular season; the team soundly defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Washington Capitals, and are now facing a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final against the Ottawa Senators; and
WHEREAS, the Penguins and Senators are tied 3-3 in the series and will face each other for the final time this season at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 8 p.m.; and
WHEREAS, the KeyBank Fan Zone will be activated outside all three gates with different activities at each gate, including DJs, interactives, face painters and appearances by Iceburgh and the Penguins' Ice Crew; and
WHEREAS, inside the PPG Paints Arena, the "Gold Out" is the norm as the Penguins distribute gold t-shirts and towels to all fans in attendance; it's common knowledge that when a team plays Pittsburgh, they play the entire city; to make that fact even more evident, all fans are encouraged to wear their black and gold throughout the county and city on Thursday to show their Pittsburgh Penguins pride.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, by virtue of the authority vested in us, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 25 as "Black and Gold" Day in Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hand this 24th day of May, 2017.