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Sabres' season-ticket prices go up 4 percent

By John Vogl

There won't be a discount for bad hockey.

The Sabres, who just ended one of most turbulent and least-successful seasons in NHL history, announced today that season-ticket prices for 2014-15 will be 4 percent higher than this season. That amounts to $1 to $4 per game.

“We are grateful to our fans for their incredible loyalty and patience through a challenging season,” Sabres President Ted Black said in a statement. “It’s important to us to balance the affordability of our tickets against the opportunity to qualify for league revenue sharing.”

The season-ticket package for 2014-15 includes 41 regular-season games and three preseason games, plus one Rochester Americans game and a USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game to be played in First Niagara Center.

The Sabres have 16,000 season-ticket holders for an arena that seats 19,070. The team announced a renewal rate of 97 percent last year.

However, Buffalo faces more of ticket-selling challenge this year because of the on-ice product. The team is still in the early stages of a massive rebuilding project and is likely to be near the bottom of the NHL again next year. Season-ticket holders left entire rows of seats empty as this season dragged on.

In order to entice renewals, the Sabres are boosting their rebate to season-ticket holders. If fans renew by June 23, they get 6.5 percent back in the form of SabreBucks cards. SabreBucks can be used for concessions and merchandise in the arena, as well as at HarborCenter and its facilities when it opens this fall. HarborCenter will include a sports bar/restaurant and a Tim Hortons.

“We feel this additional rebate will not only mitigate the effects of the price increase, but also provide our season-ticket holders with a significant benefit and opportunity to experience HarborCenter during its inaugural season," John Sinclair, Sabres vice president of tickets and services, said in the statement.

Season-ticket holders will receive their renewal packages via mail over the next week. A 10 percent deposit is required by June 23 in order to secure the current seat location.

Owner Terry Pegula purchased the Sabres in February 2011, and season-ticket prices ranged from $22 to $88. They will now run from $27 to $107.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price level

2013-14

Price/game

2014-15

Price/game

2014-15 Total

(46 games)

Package

Variance

Increase

Per Seat

200 Club

$103.00

$107.00

$4,477.00

$170.00

$4.00

200 Ends

$86.00

$89.00

$3,739.00

$129.00

$3.00

100 Pref. Rinkside

$93.00

$97.00

$4,067.00

$170.00

$4.00

100 II Rinkside

$75.00

$78.00

$3,288.00

$129.00

$3.00

100 III Rinkside

$63.00

$66.00

$2,796.00

$129.00

$3.00

100 Preferred

$77.00

$80.00

$3,370.00

$129.00

$3.00

100 Level II

$62.00

$64.00

$2,696.00

$88.00

$2.00

100 Level III

$48.00

$50.00

$2,104.00

$85.00

$2.00

100 Level IV

$42.00

$44.00

$1,858.00

$85.00

$2.00

300 Level I

$45.00

$47.00

$1,981.00

$97.00

$2.00

300 Level II

$33.00

$34.00

$1,433.00

$44.00

$1.00

300 Level III

$26.00

$27.00

$1,146.00

$44.00

$1.00

300 Level IV

$26.00

$27.00

$1,146.00

$44.00

$1.00

 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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