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02-24-2013, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by kcoxsabresfan View Post
I can't believe no one has mentioned the Bandits?

They are the perfect foil to the sabres within the same building and playing a relatively similar game. I would say the differences stem from the following observations made during my two years working on the suite level at the arena 2010-2012:

Every game is rocking even when they aren't playing well. They have an announcer that shouts and riles people up during the game, they play music, they have a set of traditional chants (think - b o x, b o x, box, box, box box box woooooo), they have Bandettes (you laugh, but kids and adults (mostly male adults) like them), more children attend games, the teams score more, security and ushers are significantly more lax on fan behavior (they have to be, there is simply more rambunctiousness to be accounted for), and lastly, the games are cheaper. Cheaper tickets and less seasons (~9000 for bandits vs ~15000 for sabres) mean more fans that don't get to go to games that often have a chance. I would guess, if the experience is rare than it is more meaningful and exciting. Combine that will more scoring, a culture of excitement, and a slightly different sport culture, and you have a whole different game atmosphere.

The funny thing is that Bandits and Sabres management work together and obviously have the same owner, so you'd think that the Sabres gameday staff could help replicate the atmosphere.

Bandits games are like a circus, and I don't mean that in a good way.

They have to carry on with all the nonsense because the sport by itself is not as exciting or as interesting to watch as hockey, hence the family 4-packs including popcorn, drinks, hot dogs, airline tix, new car & new house----all for $99.

The Sabre-fan issue is an entirely different type problem.

The problem with in-arena Sabres fans isn't that there aren't circus-hijinks going on to get fans excited, it's what I described earlier: namely the in-arena fanbase is made up by way too many fan-posers/bandwagoners who got excited with the team after the last lockout and just HAD to be there for games. It became a social status thing. Many of those aren't longtime, hardcore hockey fans, so they are angry the winning went away and just sit on their hands.

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