By John Vogl
The cost of owning Sabres season tickets is going up again.
Buffalo's season-ticket holders received a letter today -- on Fan Appreciation Night -- informing them of an across-the-board increase of 4 percent. The per-seat increase is $4 to $1 per game, which equates to package increases of $173 to $47 over this season's prices.
The NHL salary cap, meanwhile, will go down from $70.2 million this season to $64.3 million next season.
"As part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with our players, all teams must produce revenue primarily through ticket sales, in order to keep the stability of the league and its franchises strong," John Sinclair, vice president of tickets and service, wrote in the letter.
The season-ticket package will include 45 games: 41 regular-season contests (ranging from $103 to $26 per seat), three preseason games ($28 to $12 each) and one free appearance by the Rochester Americans in Buffalo.
The most expensive package (200 Level Club) is $4,307, while the least expensive (300 Levels III and IV) is $1,102.
A 10 percent deposit will be due June 12. The Sabres mention there is a season-ticket waiting list and say they will increase their season-ticket base.
The Sabres will close their second staight season with no playoffs tonight, part of a run of four of six and seven of 11 with no postseason.
"I can assure you that we are not happy with this season's results," Sinclair wrote. "We are going to use the offseason to evaluate what actions need to be taken for us to improve and advance toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."