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Sabres open Sunday

pegulaIt’s Game On at First Niagara Center.

The Buffalo Sabres held a press conference this afternoon in the newly reconstituted Lexus Club, with owner Terry Pegula, President Ted Black and General Manager Darcy Regier in attendance.

Rapid fire, here are things you want to know:

-The Sabres have announced a contract extension for Regier. Terms were not disclosed, and Pegula gave Regier a hearty vote of confidence, comparing the synergy in the Sabres hockey department as adding to a painting.

-Start time tomorrow is 12:30PM, not the 12 noon time printed on the ticket.

-Doors will open at 10:15AM and the Sabres Store will open for business at 9:00AM.

-Fencing has been taken down on the Webster Block in front of the arena. The city owns the property and it is expected that there will be an attendant there and parking will be available.

-Ground will be broken approximately March 8 for the Harbor Center on the Webster Block. Land has still not changed title to the Sabres, but Black reported that all things are moving in tandem towards a successful start in March and the project remains on schedule.

-Season tickets are being printed right now. It looks like they will start hitting the mails Wednesday to the season ticket holders. Tickets for the first three games have already been printed and sent out to everyone.

Less than 10,000 tickets remain for the entire 24 game schedule, with 5 games now officially listed as sellouts. That averages to about 500 seats per game available for public purchase.

And for anyone who cares, when asked Pegula emphatically denied having any involvement is funding football coach Bill O’Brien’s contract at Penn State University. A substantial donor to Penn State, Pegula branded those stories as “blatantly false”.

First Niagara Center was buzzing with activity today; thousands of fans were in attendance to watch the team’s final practice before they hit the ice tomorrow to start the regular season. The line to the team store was almost out the door with an approximate wait time of one hour to get entry. Tomorrow will be the final day of the 50% off sale on all available merchandise. The hottest item being sought after (and apparently sold out) is the Mikhail Grigorenko jersey.

So there you have it… if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket then we will see YOU at First Niagara Center. For everyone else, the game will be nationally televised on NBC. Grab some friends and hit your favorite pub and cheer on the return of Buffalo Sabres hockey!