Buffalo Sabres fans have backed up their strong beliefs in the future of the Blue and Gold by, once again, flocking to the gate. The Sabres announced today that season ticket sales for the 2015-16 season has been capped at 16,000.
"The fact that we had such a high rate of renewal from our season ticket holders is really a testament to the direction our organization is headed, " Sabres president Russ Brandon said via a press release. There's a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding our team and we cant' wait to get on the ice."
This year represents a definitive departure from the annual off-season ratcheting up of hope not only for the Buffalo Sabres, but for football's Buffalo Bills as well. The Bills, who like the Sabres are under the umbrella of Pegula Sports and entertainment, have sold a franchise record 60,000 season tickets.
What both teams have in common, other than a loyal, passionate fanbase, is that they've made significant strides upgrading the team behind the billionaire wealth of the Pegula family. Both teams have made moves normally reserved for big-market, big-money teams and in doing so they've restored the faith of the fans that there is a commintment to winning and that it starts at the top.
With 16,000 season tickets, only 3070 seats are now available for Buffalo's home dates and the Sabres are encouraging fans to "order mini packs." Those that held mini packs last season can renew them starting 12pm tomorrow (August 27th.) with mini packs available to the general public beginning 10am, September 3rd.
Individual game tickets will go on sale to all fans Saturday, September 19th at 10am.
The Sabres announced that 96% of season ticket holders have renewed their tickets. It's the 10th consecutive year that renewal rates have topped 90%.
And for those on the season ticket waiting list, there are over 2,000 names presently on the season ticket list.