Peoples Natural Gas and the Pittsburgh Penguins today reached a major partnership agreement that includes gate naming rights at one of the entrances to CONSOL Energy Center.
The “Peoples Gate” will now be the name of the entrance at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Place. Signage conversion begins immediately and will take place during the Penguins’ preseason.
The multi-year agreement, which makes Peoples a Founding Partner at CONSOL Energy Center, includes promotional concepts that will benefit both Penguins fans and Peoples customers.
As part of its continuing commitment to the community, Peoples also has created a “Shots For Warmth” program that will donate $10 to the Dollar Energy Fund for every shot on goal by the Penguins at home games this season.
Peoples and the Penguins celebrated the new partnership on Monday by surprising Anthony and Stephanie Iesue of Cranberry with two new season tickets that were donated by the Penguins. Penguins players Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar joined Peoples mascot Freddie the Flame to deliver the tickets and other prizes.
“The Penguins are excited to welcome Peoples as a Founding Partner and a gate naming rights holder,” said Terry Kalna, senior vice president of sales and broadcasting for the Penguins. “Peoples shares our core values and is deeply committed to being a good community partner. These two new initiatives – the “Shots For Warmth” program and the ticket giveaway – are just a few examples of the things that we can do to energize our fans and positively support the community.”
“The Pittsburgh Penguins host hundreds of thousands of fans in uptown Pittsburgh each hockey season. These fans patronize restaurants, shops and hotels throughout our region and support our local economy,” said Morgan O’Brien, President and CEO of Peoples.
“Our mission at Peoples is to improve the lives of all of our customers and to help build long-term economic growth for this region. We are lucky to have organizations like the Pittsburgh Penguins that not only drive economic development but also make our region a better place to live and work. Peoples is proud to continue to showcase our commitment to this region and our customers through our new partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins.”