The Pittsburgh Penguins will open Mellon Arena on Saturday, October 4 so that fans can watch the Pens take on the Ottawa Senators in Sweden on the arena Jumbotron. The Penguins’ 2008-09 season opener, part of the Bridgestone NHL Premiere in Europe, is set to begin at 2:30 pm (EDT).
Admission is free. Complimentary parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in all Mellon Arena lots. Concession stands and PenStation, the official team store of the Penguins, will be open. Fans may enter Mellon Arena via Gate 1 located along Centre Avenue beginning at 11:30 am.
Mellon Arena will also offer free tours of the facility and family skating sessions on October 4 from noon to 5:00 pm as part of RADical Days 2008, an initiative of the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Skating sessions will be held from noon to 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Skaters must bring their own skates and those under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Hockey sticks and pucks are prohibited. A maximum of 300 skaters will be permitted on the ice for each of the three sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. Facility tours will depart from the East Concourse approximately every forty-five minutes. For details, please visit www.mellonarena.com.
The Pittsburgh Penguins encourage fans participating in the watch party and public skating sessions to partake in the numerous activities taking place downtown on October 4 as part of Pittsburgh’s 250th birthday celebration. The grand finale of the kick-off party will be the largest fireworks display ever seen in the region. For more information on Pittsburgh 250, please visit www.imaginepittsburgh.com.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will not host a watch party at Mellon Arena on Sunday, October 5.Discuss this on the Pens Message Boards!