Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bruins give elderly fan free tickets for life

An elderly Boston Bruins fan has revealed to the world that the team gave her free tickets for life when she was unable to afford them anymore.

Marge Bishop, 77, and her husband have held front-row seats for Bruins home games since the late 1960s. Bishop has become a beloved attendee of games over the years as Zamboni drivers know her by name because she gives them chocolates between periods. However, there were a couple of times when the Gloucester, Mass. resident didn't believe she would be able to afford her tickets anymore.

The first time came in 2004 when the price of her seats jumped from $73 to $90. The Bruins contacted her and asked if she would be willing to move to cheaper seats. She respectfully declined.

Then she received a call from Charlie Jacobs, who is the son of team owner Jeremy Jacobs.

Jacobs invited her to join the Season Ticket Advisory Board and promised that her tickets wouldn't be released to the public even though the renewal period had already passed. The Bishops decided to renew their tickets because of the gesture even in spite of the cost increase.

In 2006, the Bishops faced a predicament yet again when the price of their tickets rose from $90 to $150. This time they decided that enough was enough. As fate would have it, though, Jacobs stepped to the plate, and invited Mrs. Bishop on an all-access tour of TD Garden. He then showed her his plastic card that allowed him to get into all games and all areas of the arena without any questions asked.

"He could go to any game he wanted at any time," Bishop said, according to the Globe. "At first I didn't know why he was showing me it."

Then something amazing happened. Jacobs gave Bishop a card of her own.

"It was the most unbelievable gesture," Bishop said, according to the newspaper. "People just don't do things like that."

Bishop kept the generous act to herself for years, but finally opted to come public because she wanted the world to know about Jacob's fine gesture.

"I'm just a regular person," Bishop said, according to The Globe. "And I've been given this remarkable once-in-a-lifetime gift. It's incredible. It's the most remarkable story."


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