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QUAlum2004
04-12-2013, 07:37 AM
One of the best things I love seeing here in Pittsburgh is fans wearing jerseys from all the different hockey teams in the country.

northeastern
04-12-2013, 07:41 AM
Place looked empty on TV

You had Buccigross telling people to buy tickets for Saturday night during the broadcast.

.. "come on down.. heck, don't even go into work Friday.. it is what.. a 10 hr drive.. come on down fans.." something something.. it was, pretty bad..

justlookin'
04-12-2013, 07:45 AM
I agree the place looked empty. However, collegehockeystats listed attendance at 17,428.

northeastern
04-12-2013, 07:49 AM
also, when they were showing the gms from the lower sections, back & forth action.. it wasn't bad as the corners had fans.. but.. when they went to the eagle-eye view.. or wide angle from the upper balcony.. was like.. uh oh.. cut back! cut back! (to original camera angle)..
.. they stayed on the eagle eye for about 5-10 seconds each time.. not cool. Just zoom into Melrose.. have him do a joke or something.. :--) anyway, do hope Yalies & Bobcat fans pack it Saturday. Gluck to both teams.. what a journey!

claver2010
04-12-2013, 07:49 AM
.. "come on down.. heck, don't even go into work Friday.. it is what.. a 10 hr drive.. come on down fans.." something something.. it was, pretty bad..

He also said later in the broadcast when discussing the championship game, "Saturday night...tickets available!"

mookie1995
04-12-2013, 07:55 AM
I agree the place looked empty. However, collegehockeystats listed attendance at 17,428.

Tickets were "sold", just not scanned.

CLS
04-12-2013, 08:07 AM
Unfortunate that the place looked empty, because it wasn't. Too bad the sparsely populated sections are the sections that show up a lot on TV. The upper bowl was filled. Good for you locals, casual fans, and low priority lottery entrants:). I was actually pleasantly surprised by the crowd, except for the NCAA bigwig and corporate sponsor sections. Happy that I like sitting in the end (and we were lucky -- 8 out of 10 goals were scored in our end), but if I really liked sitting on the side, I would have been more upset than I was last night.

CLS
04-12-2013, 08:38 AM
One of the best things I love seeing here in Pittsburgh is fans wearing jerseys from all the different hockey teams in the country.Note that there is a display with all 58 jersies. You can play "jersey bingo" and see how many of the jersies you see. Bonus if you see a jersey of a team that doesn't exist any more, like Findlay.

PcFriars13
04-12-2013, 08:43 AM
Note that there is a display with all 58 jersies. You can play "jersey bingo" and see how many of the jersies you see. Bonus if you see a jersey of a team that doesn't exist any more, like Findlay.

Did the PC jersey make it this year? I remember it was AWOL a few years ago.

DaveStPaul
04-12-2013, 08:56 AM
Absolutely friggin' infuriating :mad:. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe those seats are typically handouts from the NCAA to AD's etc. and to corporate sponsors.

Dear corporate sponsor and NCAA non-hockey fans who think that watching St. Cloud, UMass Lowell, and Quinnipiac is beneath you. Sorry we couldn't deliver a marquee matchup between schools that you've heard of (except for Yale, and I bet you didn't know they have a hockey team). Go to hell.

Well said, man.


Correct on all counts. Will be interesting to see if any of them show up for the all-Connecticut final. It's embarrassing.

Give the corporate sponsors seats in the corner and let the real fans sit in the middle. I sat in the corner and thought the seats were awesome. I hope the guy from Philadelphia's Frozen Four committee is paying attention. He'll get an earful from me on Saturday.

Priceless, what do you mean? (I'm sincere.) Do you know who he is? Or is there a meeting where you can pitch ideas at the Philly people? Or?

mookie1995
04-12-2013, 09:00 AM
Priceless, what do you mean? (I'm sincere.) Do you know who he is? Or is there a meeting where you can pitch ideas at the Philly people? Or?

They have a table set up to create buzz. While priceless may talk him to death :p I doubt they have much say

matt
04-12-2013, 10:04 AM
Correct on all counts. Will be interesting to see if any of them show up for the all-Connecticut final. It's embarrassing.

Give the corporate sponsors seats in the corner and let the real fans sit in the middle. I sat in the corner and thought the seats were awesome. I hope the guy from Philadelphia's Frozen Four committee is paying attention. He'll get an earful from me on Saturday.

On the plus side, during the break between games yesterday I was able to pick up prime tickets for the final at the box office so I could bring my kids tomorrow (yeah, I'm sure I could have picked up UML tickets cheap, but still...).

I was in 110 with the Yale people last night, and while the seats were excellent for our side of the ice -- and especially the winning goal -- the angles to the far end of the rink were pretty bad. Lots of folks near me were watching the live action on the scoreboard rather than trying to see through the plexi-glass. And a lot of these people were family and friends of the players on the ice.

matt
04-12-2013, 10:06 AM
Note that there is a display with all 58 jersies. You can play "jersey bingo" and see how many of the jersies you see. Bonus if you see a jersey of a team that doesn't exist any more, like Findlay.

That's an amazing display, one of the best things in the arena.

Priceless
04-12-2013, 10:07 AM
They have a table set up to create buzz. While priceless may talk him to death :p I doubt they have much say
Correct. But the guy who I saw was chatting with arena personnel and the fans and taking pretty good notes. In the end he may have no input, and of course the NCAA is going to want prime seats, but it won't do any harm to vent to the guy from Philly.

matt
04-12-2013, 10:08 AM
Unfortunate that the place looked empty, because it wasn't. Too bad the sparsely populated sections are the sections that show up a lot on TV. The upper bowl was filled. Good for you locals, casual fans, and low priority lottery entrants:). I was actually pleasantly surprised by the crowd, except for the NCAA bigwig and corporate sponsor sections. Happy that I like sitting in the end (and we were lucky -- 8 out of 10 goals were scored in our end), but if I really liked sitting on the side, I would have been more upset than I was last night.

Agreed. We left after the first game -- were there for Yale, and had a 5 hour drive after and so staying wasn't an option -- but the upper deck was pretty much packed. Only seats really that were empty in significant amounts were the sponsor areas and the fan seats of the two schools playing the other game. Even then, I saw plenty of Quinnipiac people at the first game (I'm sure there were more than a few St. Cloud people as well, they just weren't in my line of sight).

alfablue
04-12-2013, 10:17 AM
As priceless typed, those buying in the lottery (lower bowl corners-behind nets & entire upper level) are full. It's the seats not offered to lottery buyers that are empty

Fair enough, but I will still gripe at the lottery buyers who didn't show- we want isle seats, and there were a lot of those in our section who didn't show. The upper bowl was filled nicely until the third period.

Stripes55
04-12-2013, 10:32 AM
Out of curiosity, were Penguins season ticket holders given the opportunity to purchase Frozen Four tickets, or can that only be done through the lottery (or by getting a handout & then not showing up)?

Rover
04-12-2013, 10:50 AM
Watching it on TV I had a similar impression. At first I thought nobody was there because the corporate stiff seats were empty behind the bench, but once the camera scanned the whole crowd I was pleasantly surprised.

Look, the event is hampered by 1) upsets galore so a lot of people who were expecting to go most likely bagged it, 2) being held in a boring city, and 3) the teams that did make it don't have huge fan bases and aren't nearby (although perhaps the drive from CT isn't that bad. I do know going across NY or PA seems longer than it is as there's nothing in the middle of both states).

Back in 09 when I went I could see a good attendance happening even though there were relatively small schools aside from BU there because DC was an interesting place to go and you probably made the trip even if your school didn't make it. Pittsburgh and to a greater extent Philly (which is a sh ! thole) are a bigger test of whether the event can draw no matter what. Personally I think it can.

WiscDC
04-12-2013, 11:15 AM
Unfortunate that the place looked empty, because it wasn't. Too bad the sparsely populated sections are the sections that show up a lot on TV. The upper bowl was filled. Good for you locals, casual fans, and low priority lottery entrants:). I was actually pleasantly surprised by the crowd, except for the NCAA bigwig and corporate sponsor sections. Happy that I like sitting in the end (and we were lucky -- 8 out of 10 goals were scored in our end), but if I really liked sitting on the side, I would have been more upset than I was last night.

That's good to hear. The Frozen Four packs NHL arenas every year (and that one with over 37,000 in Detroit), and it was disappointing to see the empty seats on TV. I'm glad they still got the building pretty full. I like seeing teams with both big and small fan bases do well. It makes it more interesting from a neutral perspective. It's nice to see variety, and as someone who doesn't root for any of this year's Frozen Four teams, I thought it was awesome to see these teams all make it, but I knew it would result in lower ticket demand. Hopefully those seats that were empty get filled for the championship game.

mookie1995
04-12-2013, 02:55 PM
Out of curiosity, were Penguins season ticket holders given the opportunity to purchase .....

No. I have friends who are STH and was on them a year ago to get if available and I'd take them. There was never any block for sale.