Alumni and friends of Penn State hockey have access to hospitality rooms for the inaugural Three Rivers Classic, Dec. 28 and 29, at the Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Penn State, in its first NCAA Division I season, opens the tournament at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, against Robert Morris University. Ohio State University faces Miami (Ohio) University at 7:30 p.m. in the second game. The two winners meet in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. the next night. The consolation game is set for 4:30 p.m.
The Penn State Alumni Association (PSAA) and the Nittany Lion Club (NLC) are sponsoring receptions for the Nittany Lion games. Held inside the Consol Center, the two alumni socials are free to tournament ticket holders.
On Friday, a Meet the Lions event is scheduled for an hour following the Robert Morris game. Alumni will have the opportunity to talk with head coach Guy Gadowsky and his players. Gadowsky will give the fans an "inside-the-ropes" perspective of the 2012-13 team. The roster includes three student-athletes from the Pittsburgh region: senior forwards Michael Longo, of Allison Park, and George Saad, of Wexford; and freshman goalie Matthew Skoff, of McKees Rocks. The room location for the reception will be announced at the game.
On Saturday Dec. 29, alumni are encouraged to connect with fellow Penn Staters before the game, between periods and after the game in the Lexus Club. Joe Battista, associate athletic director for hockey operations, will talk about Penn State’s hockey program and next year’s opening of the Nittany Lions’ new campus home, the Pegula Ice Arena. The PSAA and NLC will offer Penn State give-a-ways.
The Lexus Club is exclusive multi-purpose facility that offers an expansive view of the iconic Pittsburg skyline. The club will be open for the consolation and championships games, from 3:30 to 9 p.m. A cash bar will be available and food can be purchased from Consol Center vendors and brought into the club. The club has six TV monitors that offer a live feed from the games.
Tournament tickets range from $25-$55 for the two-day packages and $12.50-$35 for single games. Sections 113-117 have been set aside as reserved seating for Penn State alumni and friends. Deadline for reserving tickets in the Penn State block is Dec. 26.
For tickets and more information, contact Scott Black, group sales manager at the Consol Center, at 412-804-7904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.