Our guest blogger today is, @Evil_Bylsma from Pittsburgh, PA
There was a time when being a Penguins season ticket holder meant that you were a true fan.
You were there, supporting a team that had some high points, and a lot of very low points. When the Igloo had trouble filling its seats, the fans stayed until the horn sounded, win or lose. As things changed, there were some fans that had a hard time justifying the season ticket purchase when the team seemed to be going nowhere. Some lost their jobs and couldn’t afford them anymore. Some just decided to forget about the Penguins all together.
Then, something magical happened in Pittsburgh that made the Penguins an exciting attraction again. Crosby, Geno, and Flower breathed new life in to the Igloo. Mario secured the Pens future and it made being a fan exciting again. There were lots of people lining up to get season tickets, but for some the prices made them unattainable.
This allowed those who were fortunate enough to afford them the chance to scoop them up and then sell them at an extreme profit.
Nothing is more aggravating to a real fan than having to pay excess amounts for Penguins tickets. Using your tickets to take advantage of a fan who would love nothing more than to see their Penguins take the ice live is the definition of being a jagoff.
I mean, how can a single mother afford to take her kid to see Sidney Crosby if she has to take a loan out for the tickets? I understand making back some money to help cover the cost. Nobody expects to pay face value for a ticket anymore unless you can buy them directly from the Pens, or you have a gracious friend or family member.
But $200 for a $75 seat? Really?
What happens when those tickets don’t sell? That’s one more empty seat that could house a fan that is there to support the team.
I’m sure you are wondering if I think anyone who sells their tickets above face value is a jagoff. That is not the case at all. A little above face is reasonable to make back on your loss. PLEASE STOP using the Penguins current success and rabid fan base to sell your tickets for a high profit and to fund your next private-island-getaway or your new set of bedazzled earings that you’ll wear to the next Penguins-high-end-meet-and-greet-where-you-won’t-know-the-difference-between-Evgeni-Malkin-and-the-staff-from-Pierogie’s-Plus-or-where-you’ll-say-HEY-that-Crosby-guy-is ALSO-famous-for-that-White-Christmas-song, Ya Jagoffs!