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Sabres' season-ticket price increase larger than past two seasons

It's going to cost more to watch the Sabres play next season, especially in the 100 Level.

The Sabres announced their season-ticket prices for the 2012-13 season today, and not surprisingly there are increases across the board. But after back-to-back years with 5 percent increases, the jump is larger this time.

Seats are going up $2 to $8 per game. Here is the breakdown by seating section, with the 2012-13 price, the 2011-12 price and the percentage difference:

200 Club    $99    $92    7.6 %

200 End    $83    $75    10.7 %

100 Preferred Rinkside    $89    $87    2.3 %

100 Level II Rinkside    $72    $70    2.9 %

100 Level III Rinkside    $61    $58    5.2 %

100 Preferred    $74    $69    7.3 %

100 Level II    $60    $54    11.1 %

100 Level III    $46    $41    12.2 %

100 Level IV    $40    $36    11.1 %

300 Level I    $43    $41    4.9 %

300 Level II    $32    $30    6.7 %

300 Level III    $25    $23    8.7 %

300 Level IV    $25    $23    8.7 %

The Sabres also announced they will host three preseason games next season, up from the two they hosted last year. Tickets range from $10 to $25, the same as last season.

The Sabres said the average ticket price will be approximately $53, well below the projected league average of $75. The Sabres say they 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.

Next season will also mark the debut of First Niagara Center as a smoke-free facility. There will no longer be designated smoking areas on arena property and fans will not be permitted to smoke on the grounds during any games or events.

---John Vogl

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