Photo taken from the upper level of the KeyBank Center during a Buffalo Sabres game.

Image Credit: Doug Kerr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Buffalo Sabres have become one of the most under-performing teams in the National Hockey League over the last few seasons. So bad that the Buffalo Sabres organization are introducing an exchange program that will allow season ticket holders to return their season tickets in exchange for points. These points can be redeemed at one of the Sabres’ merchandise stores at the KeyBank Center. However, owner Terry Pegular announced that despite the team’s poor performance, ticket prices would remain the same for the upcoming 2018-2019 NHL season

At the moment, ticket prices range from $31 to $121 per game. The $31 tickets are located in the upper level corners of the KeyBank Center. The $121 tickets are located between the blue lines on the KeyBank Center’s lower level. Current perks for season ticket holders include a gift in SabresBucks which can be redeemed at the ticket booth, merchandise stores and concession stands at the KeyBank Center. The annual SabresBucks dollar amount is 2.5% of whatever Sabres season ticket holders spend on their season tickets. The Buffalo Sabres also recognize a season ticket holder each home game.

With that said, there will be a few new perks for season ticket holders next season. They include

  • Discounts on Buffalo Bills tickets and at the 716 Food and Sport restaurant in downtown Buffalo.
  • Discounts on select concession items.
  • The creation of a web portal that will help season ticket holders find people to share their seats or manage ticket drafts.

The Buffalo Sabres have not made the NHL playoffs since 2011, Pegula’s first season as team owner. The Buffalo Bills, also owned by Terry Pegula, are another story. Earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills announced that they have sold more than 50K season tickets for the fourth straight season; a franchise record. The Buffalo Bills also made the NFL playoffs last season following a 17-year playoff drought. Since Terry Pegula took over the Buffalo Bills in 2014, the organization has sold the naming rights to Ralph Wilson Stadium (New Era Field), renovated New Era Field, ignited talks about the construction of a new stadium for the Bills and fought off relocations rumors to Toronto, Ontario. The Buffalo Sabres front office are currently in talks about renovating the KeyBank Center but are undecided about what new upgrades will be offered to fans.



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