The Pittsburgh Penguins will open the 2008-09 home season Saturday night before their 68th straight sellout crowd at Mellon Arena. Game time against the division-rival New Jersey Devils is 7:30 p.m.
In 2007-08, the Penguins sold out all 41 regular season home games for the first time in franchise history. The club-record sellout streak, which also includes playoff games, dates back to the 2006-07 regular season.
For their first four home games, the Penguins also will host the “Trib Total Media Penguins Faceoff Festival 2008” on Mario Lemieux Place. There will be a series of food vendors, special booths and youth-oriented activity stations along Lemieux Place. Admission to the festival is free. The activity booths will be open until the start of each game, and the food vendors will be open until the start of the third period.
Fans without tickets will be able to watch the games on a 9’ x 12’ LED screen set up near Gate 8.
The festival will begin at 4 p.m. for both Saturday games (Oct. 11 vs. New Jersey and Oct. 18 vs. Toronto) and at 5 p.m. for two weekday games (Tuesday, Oct. 14 vs. Philadelphia and Thursday, Oct. 16 vs. Washington).
The Penguins’ flagship radio station, 105.9 The X, will broadcast live from the festival on Saturday. The Penguins’ TV partner, FSN Pittsburgh, will broadcast “Savran on Sportsbeat” live from Mario Lemieux Place on Thursday, Oct. 16.
Several hundred tickets remain for the games on Tuesday and Thursday. For ticket information, please call 412-642-PENS or 1-800-642-PENS, or log on to www.pittsburghpenguins.com
. The Saturday, Oct. 18 game vs. Toronto already is sold out.