I have to disagree with you Eismann and bill from turtle creek and backup Senka. With a slightly different argument.
No, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying season ticket holders aren't amazing fans. I'm not saying CEO's don't care. However as a former student rusher of 2005-06, and 2006-07 (until mid season) I have to give input on what Senka is saying.
2 years ago when I was student rushing, the whole side where the pens shoot once was almost all students. Everytime we started a chant it was so loud. It was intense. There is no way 40-year old season ticket holders scream and get as wild as students. For one, they are just more mature which is a fact of life. There is a lot of crazy 40 year olds that drink and can only afford F seats that are pretty crazy and awesome as well.
However from what I've seen most of the people that sit up close now are richer older people who bought season tickets again in early 06-07 when the Pens started getting REALLY exciting again.
I was the guy who got on Versus, with face paint, yellow wig, my classic Lemieux jersey, and me and my friend were SCREAMING Lets-go-Pens at the camera, and almost nobody around us was getting up and chanting with us. This is something that would have been 100% different in a section full of students. My seats were section A, row C. On the side the Pens shoot twice.
Then something happened that complete shocked, and honestly almost disgusted me as a Penguins fan. A couple ( a nice couple, don't get me wrong. ) A couple of older people, they literally had to be 55-60 years old who had glass seats GOT UP AT LEFT THE GAME WITH 9:47 IN THE 3RD PERIOD WITH THE SCORE TIED 2-2 AGAINST THE FLYERS. I asked them as they walked up to leave, can I sit there and they said sure we are leaving....
I talked to the guy that normally sits besides them and he said they leave every game with about 10 mintues left when its close to 10PM. It really made me upset. I've stood countless hours in student rush, and being a student myself I didn't have the money to put out for season tickets. Don't get me wrong this old couple might have be season ticket holders for 30 years. I don't know that, but for them to just leave GLASS SEATS in the 3rd people of every game, when there is DIEHARD fans out there just sickens me.
20 Minutes later Dupuis buried it 10 ft from my face, I might have been the first person to see it go in. I at least had one of the best views.
Now Eismann & Bill. I don't know you guys so I respect your opinions, however it sounds like you might be a bit older then the average student age. However you need to see Mine & Senka's point of view. There is no doubt that there are great older fans, however I disagree that they can be louder and crazier then a group of students.
For Playoffs the atmosphere will always be there, but the regular seasons aren't the same to me (a student) as it was last year with a couple thousand of student rushers. It almost sickens me that once we finally get good, all these dads / older folk with money come walking up and push me out of line with their fat wallets. I just graduated and now I have money, with a huge pens waiting list. I missed out on my season tickets by 2 years.
Like I said, I understand your viewpoint, but I fully back up Senka in this situation as I've seen it first hand.