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NEW PENGUINS INVESTOR SPEAKS OUT ON TEAM, TICKETS, ARENA
Published February 24, 1998
Penguins co-Owner Roger Marino was interviewed in Sunday's Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Marino has "been making himself heard lately" as he was "the man behind" the Pens' signing of Jaromir Jagr and the team's decision to reduce season ticket prices next season. He also "had a hand in relieving" Team President Donn Patton. Marino said that a move to replace Patton won't be made "until after the season, and he and co-owner Howard Baldwin "will become more involved" in the team's day-to-day operations. Marino, on the ticket price reduction: "One of the messages we kept hearing from the fans was that ticket prices were too high. We tried to shape that into reality, even though it turns out we have the 13th-highest ticket prices in the league. ... One thing we have to do next season is market the team correctly." Marino called the team's arena situation "livable," and added, "If we keep doing the things we want to do to upgrade our building, 17,100 or 17,200 seats will be OK" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 2/22).