Two Pittsburgh playoff traditions - the Big Screen and "Gold-Outs"- will return when the Penguins host their home playoff opener Sunday against the New York Islanders at PPG Paints Arena (12 noon).
As announced earlier this week, however the popular KeyBank Big Screen will be in a different location.
The large video screen, a staple of Penguins playoff hockey for more than a decade, will be located in the arena parking lot at the corner of Centre Avenue and Logan Street - directly across from PPG Paints Arena. Logan Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Centre and Wylie Avenue for home games.
"Moving the KeyBank Big Screen to the corner of Centre and Logan gives us a larger space and enables us to create a much more fan-friendly atmosphere, with a stage for bands, food trucks, face painters and interactive games," said James Santilli, Senior VP of Marketing for the Penguins. "All of the activations will take place on Logan Street. We really think it will be a fun, vibrant environment for our fans."
The KeyBank Big Screen will be in operation for all home playoff games, with activation beginning two hours before game time. Sunday's activities will begin at 10 a.m.
The band "Ferris Bueller's Revenge will be performing on the Canada Dry Stage. Fans may also test their skills at interactive games known as the "Penguins Combine" from the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, and face painters also will be available at no charge.
Inside PPG Paints Arena, "Gold-Outs" will again become the norm as the Pens will distribute gold t-shirts and towels to all fans in attendance. On Sunday, towels and t-shirts will be courtesy of the Penguins' playoff-presenting partners: PPG, UMPC, and IGS Energy.
There also will be a Coors Light party tent outside the Highmark Gate, near the Mario Lemieux statue.
In addition, fans may pick up free playoff yards signs at Pittsburgh area DICK'S Sporting Goods locations while supplies last.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: As always, the Penguins' priority is the safety of our fans. In the event of severe weather - such as heavy rain, high winds or lighting - we would take down the screen until the weather passes. Fans would be advised to seek shelter. If the weather passes while the game is still going on, the screen would go back up and the viewing party would continue.