We got into town, and it was a gorgeous day. The Consol Energy Center is located right across the street from Mellon Arena.
We got inside, and we got a little swag bag with a schedule of the day's events, and a commemorative puck. You immediately notice all the high tech gadgets all around. A virtual Stanley cup. Scrolling LED banners. Flat screen t.v. EVERYWHERE. This place is the ultimate mancave.
Hubby excitedly spotted Iceburgh, the mascot, and requested a photo, which was quickly arranged.
Finally we were all corralled into one seating area. The number of people there filled about a quarter of the arena. We sat and waited for the presentation. The place is just spectacular, so we had no problem just sitting and looking.
Finally, there was a short presentation, mostly geared toward Consol employees, which I thought was pretty awesome. Then two employees got to do the ceremonial first official face off in the arena. It was quickly followed by a cheer of LETS GO PENS!
After that we got to explore the place for the next 3.5 hours. There was tons to do. They had a station where you could get a free t shirt made (it was my first stop, I was ridiculously excited).
We got to go into the ultra swank Lexus Club, which had an actual Lexus convertible in it. Sit in it and try it out? Don't mind if I do!
We also got to tour a Party Suite. Very cool, having your own private party at a Pens game. A girl can dream, I suppose!
There is all kinds of Pens pictures and artwork lining the walls of each level, but this was one of my favorites. Who doesn't love Geno?
There is a great Kids Zone, with activities for the kids, including some Wii interactive sports deals and this cool little Crosby Dryer Challenge.
As you can imagine, I took a ton of pictures, and we had a blast! It was so cool being part of the first few to really get to experience the arena. We had a wonderful day!
Now we just need to wait a little while longer to hear those magic words.....
IT'S A HOCKEY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH! LETS GO PENS!!!!!!