On July 23, 2014, this venture, the first of its kind in North America and now the precursor to so many others, was born.
On July 23, 2019, we'll celebrate.
For real, everyone's invited to our Highmark Stadium offices on that date. It'll be a Tuesday night, and as many of our staff as possible will be there -- the Pirates do play across the river -- in hopes of thanking as many of you as possible. We'll have giveaways, games, prizes and, of course, we'll have the game on the TV sets. Mostly, though, it'll just be us and you.
We talked about maybe doing this on a weekend, but this is No. 5. It's a big deal. It's no stretch to say a ton of people thought this thing wouldn't last five months, much less five years, and we're damned proud of it. So we'll do it right on the precise date.
No need to RSVP or anything like that. Before long, we'll set up an event page and more. This is just an early heads-up.
It'd be awesome if you can make it down!
[caption id="attachment_842601" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Dave Molinari - ROB ULLMAN / DKPS[/caption]
As promised, Dave Molinari's Penguins coverage begins appearing here tomorrow. I know of the first piece he'll produce. No one will be disappointed.
Shortly after that, Dave and I will be boarding a flight to the West Coast to cover the NHL Draft in Vancouver. Our more specific plans for the event -- which is as heavily layered as anything we do as a staff -- will be shared a little later in the week once they're crystallized. Here, too, no one will be disappointed.
On that note, here's our updated TV ad, courtesy of Thad Christian and our friends at Mount Washington-based Phenomenon Post: