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Posted 16 March 2017 - 08:23 PM

That's what I've gathered from a quick google search; I really want to go to the WC next year now but it will sell out immediately. Stub hub and similar sites will be very expensive according to what I've seen online of previous WC games.

I make good money and have no bills outside of rent and student loans. I don't mind spending money for memories, even when I was making minimum. It's something I'll never understand about people my age: do this kinda stuff now while you can and can afford to. I have my retirements set and a good savings, I don't care about dropping $400 and the trouble of travel for an experience like this



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 08:26 PM

I make good money and have no bills outside of rent and student loans. I don't mind spending money for memories, even when I was making minimum. It's something I'll never understand about people my age: do this kinda stuff now while you can and can afford to. I have my retirements set and a good savings, I don't care about dropping $400 and the trouble of travel for an experience like this

Agreed. I'm also going especially since it's right before tax return season. I just spent $330 for tickets last saturday and $235 for one night at HC Marriott. Just mentioned the price so people don't get discouraged later this year after getting their hopes up.



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 09:11 PM

I'm not an expert, but I suspect doing it outdoors in the cold elements might make it more difficult and time consuming. They might apply the board signage indoors before they're put up, and thawing ice when it's below freezing outside isn't the same as turning the coolant compressor off indoors. Plus for the outdoor games they like to set up the ice days in advance so it has time to freeze properly and then get worked on daily. And it could be different issues if it's above freezing or raining.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:53 PM

for hockey? :wacko:
If they are, it's the only baseball stadium in the world (that doesn't have movable stand sections like the 70's era "cookie cutter" multi use stadiums, & even those had issues towards football endzones) that does have them. (Or does it also have moveable stand sections, ala the Astrodome?)

Not sure about moveable stands but upper deck where I usually sit was looking down onto homeplate and not a lot of room along foul lines which were not moveable. Only the outfield would be far away, unlike the Ralph great atmosphere but not about watching hockey.

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:30 PM

http://www.newsday.c...-say-1.13268887



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:03 PM

http://www.newsday.c...-say-1.13268887

I like how it said we have a more national draw than the Isles; this is very true. Look how we travel in all of our road games. Look how many Sabres fans have migrated to other parts of the country. Our tv ratings are the highest in the states. Not to mention even in the Adirondacks you're more likely to see a Sabres fan rather than and Isles fan.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:24 PM

I like how it said we have a more national draw than the Isles; this is very true. Look how we travel in all of our road games. Look how many Sabres fans have migrated to other parts of the country. Our tv ratings are the highest in the states. Not to mention even in the Adirondacks you're more likely to see a Sabres fan rather than and Isles fan.


This is true. There are 3 Sabres fans on my hockey team. There's only one flyers fan. The rest of the team has a conflict of interest, in that they work for the baby penguins.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:50 PM

I have a buddy who is a huge Rangers fan and lives in NYC. Our teams playing + outdoor game + New Year's in NYC + a free place to stay = a good time if you ask me.

Planning to keep an eye on ticket prices when they come out. Never looked for Winter Classic tickets before though.. Anyone know if they're released earlier than normal game tickets?

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:24 PM

I have a buddy who is a huge Rangers fan and lives in NYC. Our teams playing + outdoor game + New Year's in NYC + a free place to stay = a good time if you ask me.

Planning to keep an eye on ticket prices when they come out. Never looked for Winter Classic tickets before though.. Anyone know if they're released earlier than normal game tickets?

The NHL sells them mid October through ticketmaster. They are virtually impossible to get directly; they sell out in seconds. Second hand is the only way, about $400 per ticket maybe $450.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:00 PM

The NHL sells them mid October through ticketmaster. They are virtually impossible to get directly; they sell out in seconds. Second hand is the only way, about $400 per ticket maybe $450.


Ouch, hope they're not that much this time around! Thanks for the info, though.

I kept an eye on ticket prices for the Pittsburgh stadium series game earlier this month. Those were really affordable, and I almost wound up going. Like $50. But it was a random day in March, in Pittsburgh. Not New Years in NYC. Maybe I'll get priced out :P

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:36 PM

Ouch, hope they're not that much this time around! Thanks for the info, though.

I kept an eye on ticket prices for the Pittsburgh stadium series game earlier this month. Those were really affordable, and I almost wound up going. Like $50. But it was a random day in March, in Pittsburgh. Not New Years in NYC. Maybe I'll get priced out :P

Best of luck to you friend! My only suggestion is look often after they go on sale in October. Never know may be able to find a seat for cheaper with some luck.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:41 PM

Seriously? Sh!tti field?

Get ######, winter classic, my ass!

 

No one can see the game in a baseball stadium. Why bother?



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:30 PM

Bettman makes it official on NBCSN

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:36 PM

And speaking highly about buffalo, good stuff.

Bettman makes it official on NBCSN


Operation stalk stubhub to immence this october.

Edited by Saratoga Sabres Fan, 09 May 2017 - 07:44 PM.


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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:42 PM

Which team does Drury play for in the alumni game?

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 07:55 PM

Which team does Drury play for in the alumni game?

Hah. We know the answer to that.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:13 PM

Hah. We know the answer to that.


What about Patty? Or Lindy? Or Marty?!

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:46 PM

Which team does Drury play for in the alumni game?


No alumni game per Jason Wooley on Twitter. But Dark already knows that from his mentions I believe.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 08:48 PM

I hate the NHL

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:12 AM

So Sabres get 40 home games next year, Rangers get 42.  

In terms of not playing the game at New Era when there just happens to be an ice surface set up... I understand the arguments about the logistics around hosting two events on the same ice in a short period of time, but at the end of the day it's about the NHL's lack willingness to focus resources on it. We already know the NHL will prioritize the Rangers over the Sabres for any number of reasons. The logistical challenges associated with the WJC are great excuse to not bother investing the resources in activities that result in being "fair" to the Sabres. The NHL isn't particularly interested in being 'fair' to it's franchises, it's interested in maximizing revenue and ticket prices and ratings will be higher with a game held in NYC. 

 

Disappointing as a Sabres fan, but not at all surprising. 



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:16 AM

I wonder what jersey , read it might the Goathead.



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:47 AM

I wonder what jersey , read it might the Goathead.

If they're going w/ a Goathead theme & the Sabres "home" game is in NYC, wonder if they'd break out a white black version of the "9/11" unis? Only wore black white & that was only a 1 time thing.

Absolutely hate them losing a home game & also playing in a baseball stadium especially when there are perfectly good football stadiums w/ sightlines made for hockey available. Thanks, Russ. <_<

[Edit: Definitely need more coffee this AM. :doh: ]

Edited by Taro T, 10 May 2017 - 07:17 AM.


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:49 AM

So Sabres get 40 home games next year, Rangers get 42.
In terms of not playing the game at New Era when there just happens to be an ice surface set up... I understand the arguments about the logistics around hosting two events on the same ice in a short period of time, but at the end of the day it's about the NHL's lack willingness to focus resources on it. We already know the NHL will prioritize the Rangers over the Sabres for any number of reasons. The logistical challenges associated with the WJC are great excuse to not bother investing the resources in activities that result in being "fair" to the Sabres. The NHL isn't particularly interested in being 'fair' to it's franchises, it's interested in maximizing revenue and ticket prices and ratings will be higher with a game held in NYC.

Disappointing as a Sabres fan, but not at all surprising.


I agree with much of what you said, patricularly how the league will favor the rags. But to be fair, I live 4 1/2 hours from Buffalo, 2 hours from NYC and Im still in Sabres brodcast territory. The league literally gave the Sabres all of upstate ny (not just western ny) out of fairness.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:50 AM

Why does this count as a home game.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:55 AM

Why does this count as a home game.


Something to do with MSG venue stipulations. Rags have to play a certain amount of games every year in the garden.

Edited by Saratoga Sabres Fan, 10 May 2017 - 06:57 AM.


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 07:00 AM

Something to do with MSG venue stipulations. Rags have to play a certain amount of games every year in the garden.

###### that.

I guess Rangers games in Buffalo are practically home games for them anyway though

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 07:02 AM

###### that.

I guess Rangers games in Buffalo are practically home games for them anyway though


Eh not as bad as toronto games. It's usually about 1/3 maybe half. I've been to two sabres/ Rags games so far and I would say about half and half.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 07:02 AM

Why does this count as a home game.


The Sabres team president has demonstrated in the past that additional money in the owners' coffers is worth losing the home town advantage. If it's ok to give away 12.5% of your advantage, giving away a mere 2.4% for exposure & $'s is a no brainer.

Thanks, Russ. <_<

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 07:06 AM

Why do they insist on doing this stuff in places where it rains more than it snows during the winter? 

Terrible location for a 'winter classic' 

Jan 1 2018 - only ~ 7 1/2 months away - we could be a team on the rebound by then..... or mired in the bottom mud and ooze of the Atlantic.  



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 07:10 AM

Terrible location for a 'winter classic'

Jan 1 2018 - only ~ 7 1/2 months away - we could be a team on the rebound by then..... or mired in the bottom mud and ooze of the Atlantic.


They want it to be close to times square, play off of the whole new years thing. If it were up to me it would be in orchard park again (even though it would double my travel time if I can get a ticket). I'm honestly ecstatic were in it again. Tons of exposure for Sabres I can't wait.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 07:20 AM

Why does this count as a home game.

  

Something to do with MSG venue stipulations. Rags have to play a certain amount of games every year in the garden.


Yep, as part of the MSG renovations deal, the Rags agreed to play all home games in MSG. They face a rather stiff penalty if any home games aren't in that building.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:03 AM

I agree with much of what you said, patricularly how the league will favor the rags. But to be fair, I live 4 1/2 hours from Buffalo, 2 hours from NYC and Im still in Sabres brodcast territory. The league literally gave the Sabres all of upstate ny (not just western ny) out of fairness.

Does it really work that way? I.e. the league determines where MSG can broadcast Rangers (or Islanders) vs. Sabres games, or what MSG channels DirectTV or the cable company chooses to carry for each package offered to consumers? I live 3 hours from Buffalo and 4 from NYC and get all the Rangers and the Sabres games without any special sports packages.  If I switch providers that may no longer be true.  

 

If you mean the definition of "in market" vs. "out of market" for NHL game packages (on DirectTV or online) then maybe that is by fiat of the NHL. BuI I have to believe they are drawing the lines to maximize revenue there as well, as opposed to 'fairness'. 

 

My experience (granted it was a long time ago) was that once you hit Albany the Sabres/Rangers mix starts to tilt towards the Rangers, but Syracuse/Binghamton is still more Sabres area.  I'm sure this is all known in some great detail by somebody at Google or FaceBook. 



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:53 AM

Does it really work that way? I.e. the league determines where MSG can broadcast Rangers (or Islanders) vs. Sabres games, or what MSG channels DirectTV or the cable company chooses to carry for each package offered to consumers? I live 3 hours from Buffalo and 4 from NYC and get all the Rangers and the Sabres games without any special sports packages. If I switch providers that may no longer be true.

If you mean the definition of "in market" vs. "out of market" for NHL game packages (on DirectTV or online) then maybe that is by fiat of the NHL. BuI I have to believe they are drawing the lines to maximize revenue there as well, as opposed to 'fairness'.

My experience (granted it was a long time ago) was that once you hit Albany the Sabres/Rangers mix starts to tilt towards the Rangers, but Syracuse/Binghamton is still more Sabres area. I'm sure this is all known in some great detail by somebody at Google or FaceBook.


It does work that way because the league determines geographical territory for all the teams. Because NYC is so densely populated, to even things out, the league deems all of upstate ny Sabres territory.

For example, im in the Albany market and we get all of the Sabres games on MSG, and a portion of rags/ isles/ devils games. If the Sabres are on, Sabres take precedence. All about parity. That's how I became a Sabres fan. People here HATE it but I'm actually beginning to see young Sabres fans, proving it actually is effective.

Rags are still the most fan favorite in the Albany area, along with NJ (cause of our AHL history) and bruins. But if you want to follow a team in Albany without getting center ice, it's Sabres.
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:01 AM

Im keeping my ears and eyes out for tickets. We will see...

Docs here have great connections, here is hoping Ill score some.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:07 AM

I wonder what jersey , read it might the Goathead.

Please, God. No



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:35 AM

Just don't fck up the jersey.... again, please

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 12:59 PM

So I just got word tickets go on sale in advance for mets season ticket holders to this game next monday via email to one of our docs. He will take two and said usually the max is either 8 or sixteen. I said id take whatever the max is over those two. Will let you know cost and if it comes to fruition.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 01:02 PM

So I just got word tickets go on sale in advance for mets season ticket holders to this game next monday via email to one of our docs. He will take two and said usually the max is either 8 or sixteen. I said id take whatever the max is over those two. Will let you know cost and if it comes to fruition.


Thanks man I'm definitly interested . I only need one ticket for me.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 01:35 PM

ok pm me info
i now potentially have 2 docs with ticket advance sales gonna do my best to work it
will have to do on first come first serve

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 01:38 PM

Since this is technically a Sabres home game, shouldn't Sabres season ticket holders get first crack at tickets?


1. Sabres Season holders
2. Rangers Season Holders
3. Mets Season Holders
4. General Public

There may be some fine print in Mets season holder contracts that says they get pre-sale access to all events at CITI, but other than that scenario, there's a good argument for Sabres season ticket holders to get in on this early.