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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

Find out everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the 14th annual Buffalo Sabres Street HockeyFest that will take place on Sunday, August 23. The one-day tournament will take place on the surface parking lots between Mississippi and Columbia.

NEW TO THIS YEAR'S EVENT: All participants 12 & under MUST wear a helmet, helmets will not be available for rent. If any players 12 & under arrive without a helmet they will NOT be permitted to play in this year's event. This includes PeeWee 12U, Squirt 10U, Mite 8U, Micron 6U and Girls 14U age divisions.

When will schedules be released?

Start times for all teams will be posted on by end of the day on Thursday, August 20. Full schedules will be available at check-in on Sunday.

What time is check-in? Where is check in?

Check-in opens at 8 a.m., and is located under a tent in the middle of the First Niagara Center surface parking lot. It is recommended that all teams check-in at least 30 minutes before their first game. Teams must check-in with their complete roster present.

Where can I park?

Free parking for all participants is available in the First Niagara Center parking ramp. This is the ONLY location for free parking, other lots surrounding the surface lot are not First Niagara Center property and are subject to ticketing.

Can we bring chairs, tents, coolers, etc?

Spectators are permitted to bring their own chairs, coolers, etc., however we reserve the right to ask spectators to move or take down their set-up for space/safety concerns. Tents are not permitted. No alcohol will be permitted.

How long is the event?

Preliminary rounds are scheduled to end for ALL divisions by mid-afternoon. Smaller divisions will end earlier. Playoffs will begin in the afternoon and playoff teams should anticipate staying until approximately 6 p.m. All scheduling is subject to change.

What if it's raining?

This is a rain or shine event. In the event of severe weather, Buffalo Sabres staff will make the decision to cancel the tournament.

Will food/drinks be available for purchase?

Food/drinks will be available for purchase under the concessions tent located in the center of the surface lot.

If you have any questions regarding this year's event, please call the Street Hockeyfest Hotline at 716-855-4144 or email Kelsey Schneider (

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