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Puck Daddy Questions New Arena Policy

In response to Pens fans getting several premium upgrades and promotions that are normally offered only to season ticket holders (most notably the zamboni rides and Big Seats upgrades) due to their use of pre-season promo codes that were leaked to several Penguins blogs, the Jackets have issued an apology to angry season ticket holders, and announced that in the future, persons riding on the Zamboni will not be allowed to wear the opposing team's jerseys. They've also made a promise to look at making sure that there will be work done to make sure that local fans get tickets ahead of visiting fans for premium games like Pittsburgh, Detroit, etx. Today, Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshnyski questions if the policy is proper for a team facing attendance struggles, and asks for the opinion of fans around the NHL, comparing it to similar "locals only" policies in Washington and the "We'll bend over and spread for anyone" policies of the Florida Panthers. Personally, I'm fine with it - promotions and opportunities like the Zamboni rides and seat upgrades are meant to reward season ticket holders, not treat opponents like royalty. I'm also fine with limiting pre-season sales for certain games to try and boost local attendance. My biggest gripe is that when the pre-season sale codes leaked, those codes weren't changed, but perhaps that will be fixed going forward as well. So, what's your take? Right? Wrong? And is it really anyone else's business?

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