Penguins turn 10 fans outside in for Game 1

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Among the thousands of people who showed up to watch the Penguins on the TV screen set up outside Mellon Arena Wednesday night, 10 lucky fans won tickets to sit inside for the first-round game against the Ottawa Senators.

"If the Penguins wouldn't have done this, I wouldn't have been able to see the game. I still can't believe it," said David Peters, 19, of Swissvale and a business management student at the Bradford School.

He was an infant when the Penguins won their first Stanley Cup in 1991 and attended a final-round game with his late father.

The Penguins made five sets of two tickets each available as a way to say thank you to the fans who come down to watch the telecasts outside, and they might continue the practice at home games through the playoffs. The winners were picked through a contest run by KISS-FM.

"This is fantastic," said C.J. Showers of Friendship, who won tickets to see the game with his fiance, Sara Gryger. "I've never been to a playoff game. Now all we need is the Cup."

First Published April 15, 2010 4:00 AM


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