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04-25-2012, 05:08 PM
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Story Updated: Apr 25, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 25, 2012) – The Buffalo Sabres today announced season ticket prices for the 2012-13 season will be increasing $2 to $8 per seat, depending on the seat location. Additionally, the team announced that smoking will no longer be permitted on First Niagara Center property starting September 1, 2012.

With the increase, the average ticket price will be approximately $53, which will remain well below the projected league average of $75. The Sabres have ranked among the top five teams in the NHL for tickets sold and placed in the bottom five for average ticket price in each of the past five seasons.

At the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, the Buffalo Sabres had 15,100 full-season tickets. For the second straight year, the organization will release an additional 200 season seats to members of the Blue & Gold Club for the 2012-13 campaign. The Blue & Gold Club is a preferred waiting list for individuals who would like to purchase season tickets. Currently, there are 2,785 names on the list and fans can join the Blue & Gold Club by registering at www.sabres.com.

http://www.wkbw.com/sports/Sabres-Se...?m=y&smobile=y

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04-25-2012, 05:13 PM
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Fairly standard raise in prices...it's been about this much for 6 years now..:

The bigger issue is the smoking ban, something sure to enrage a lot of customers...

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Here's the breakdown:

Price levelPre-Season Price per gameRegular Season Price per Game
200 Club$25.00$99.00
200 Ends$25.00$83.00
100 Pref. Rinkside$25.00$89.00
100 II Rinkside$25.00$72.00
100 III Rinkside$25.00$61.00
100 Preferred$25.00$74.00
100 Level II$20.00$60.00
100 Level III$15.00$46.00
100 Level IV$15.00$40.00
300 Level I$15.00$43.00
300 Level II$10.00$32.00
300 Level III$10.00$25.00
300 Level IV$10.00$25.00

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That's not bad that bad. It's not like we have very expensive tickets as it is... Whatevs.

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People outside smoking are not inside buying beer and pretzels.

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Fairly standard raise in prices...it's been about this much for 6 years now..:

The bigger issue is the smoking ban, something sure to enrage a lot of customers...
agree....smokers getting the shaft hard.....people take smoking bans a little too far...I smoked for over 20 years...quit about 2 years ago....but i say let them smoke outside if they want to.....getting a little ridiculous now.....

anyways i'm sure they'll just walk across the street or something...thats what i would do.

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agree....smokers getting the shaft hard.....people take smoking bans a little too far...I smoked for over 20 years...quit about 2 years ago....but i say let them smoke outside if they want to.....getting a little ridiculous now.....

anyways i'm sure they'll just walk across the street or something...thats what i would do.
Gotta say it'll be nice not having to breathe that crap when walking into the arena though.

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Gotta say it'll be nice not having to breathe that crap when walking into the arena though.
Yes, coming from someone who has major problems dealing with smoke (required throat surgery just from second-hand smoke as a kid), I'm thrilled. I'll gladly pay the extra money for my tickets for this ban. It definitely is stiff though.

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Raise prices to watch the same disappointment year after year

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Some times you head out to the blue zone bar during the intermission and it smells like a freakin ash tray from all the people sucking down one last drag before they come back in.

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Unless they plan on blocking off a road all game, won't be able to cross the street during the game...

There's plenty of space to host a smoking pen away from the building and keep smokers 50 feet from the building...given how packed the current area is, this will upset a load of people, for no reason given there are alternatives...

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Still dirt cheap compared to most other teams around the league. Can't really complain.

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Still dirt cheap compared to most other teams around the league. Can't really complain.
Exactly... I've had seasons in the 300 level since the summer before the lockout. And I have nothing to complain about as far as price. I would gladly pay 20% more per seat/per game if they increased it.

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The Sabres say their average ticket price will be $53. Last season, they said their average was $44.85. That is an 18.2 percent hike.


Any backup on that $44.85 number?

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The Sabres say their average ticket price will be $53. Last season, they said their average was $44.85. That is an 18.2 percent hike.


Any backup on that $44.85 number?
Can't wait to get my 18% raise this year!! Oh... wait...

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Raise prices to watch the same disappointment year after year
Don't re-new then. I'm sure there is a list of people that will take your seats... Oh wait there is.

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Don't re-new then. I'm sure there is a list of people that will take your seats... Oh wait there is.


I'm on the list. I'll take them.

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Can't really argue with it. I have a bunch of friends in Boston who have gotten worked for much more than $8 a seat for the last couple years.

Looking forward to moving closer to the front of the line. Only moved 60 or so spots last season.

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Ted admitted last summer that ticket prices had to go up so the Sabres could keep pace with average league revenue and qualify for revenue-sharing ($10 million, I think) from the league.

I'll pin this one on Ted and the three accountants again. I don't think Terry wants to raise ticket prices. He surely knows how bad it makes him look, especially after missing the playoffs.

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Totally fine with the smoking ban. Hate having to walk through that whenever I go to a game.

Price increase...meh. Still well below league average.

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Ted admitted last summer that ticket prices had to go up so the Sabres could keep pace with average league revenue and qualify for revenue-sharing ($10 million, I think) from the league.
Knowing this, it makes me cringe whenever I see some Sabres fan on the BoH board or elsewhere supporting NHL contraction of the "welfare teams" in favor of a better talent pool and stronger league. We'd be one of the first on the chopping block...

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Don't re-new then. I'm sure there is a list of people that will take your seats... Oh wait there is.
Considering I don't live in WNY, I won't be buying season tickets this year.

If I had them, I'd have given them up when they announced Ruff is staying, and mailed them a letter telling them why.

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Considering I don't live in WNY, I won't be buying season tickets this year.

If I had them, I'd have given them up when they announced Ruff is staying, and mailed them a letter telling them why.
and they likely would have thrown it in the garbage. I get people dislike the coach, I just don't see how boycotting the team would be any solution.

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Ted admitted last summer that ticket prices had to go up so the Sabres could keep pace with average league revenue and qualify for revenue-sharing ($10 million, I think) from the league.

I'll pin this one on Ted and the three accountants again. I don't think Terry wants to raise ticket prices. He surely knows how bad it makes him look, especially after missing the playoffs.
I think it's more of a case of Pegula not wanting to be a pariah than caring about an additional $10 million. There's a good possibility that the Sabres lost more money than any other franchise this season. If Pegula doesn't try to increase revenues, particularly when there's a waiting list for season tickets, the other owners, and by extension the NHL, aren't going to give him the time of day. He's got to at least make an effort to appear to be trying to break even.

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