AVERAGE PAID ATTENDANCE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH FOR SABRES IN 2011-12
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With tonight’s sold-out game vs. Toronto, the Buffalo Sabres have surpassed the franchise record for average paid attendance per game this season, topping the previous record by more than 450 tickets per game.
The Sabres sold 18,687 tickets per game this season, topping the previous team record of 18,272 per game, set in 2009-10. The team sold out 39 of their 40 home games at First Niagara Center this season. The only non-sellout of the season was the Nov. 2 game against the Philadelphia Flyers, which was only 391 tickets shy of a sellout. Since Terry Pegula purchased the team on Feb. 22, 2011, the Sabres have sold out 51 of 52 regular season games and each of their three playoff games.
“Even though Buffalo is the smallest U.S. market in the NHL, the volume of ticket sales this season further demonstrates that the Sabres have a big following,” said Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black. “Passionate fans are a pillar of any great sports franchise and we’re thankful that we have such a tremendous fan base here in the Niagara region. Their enthusiasm this season has been exceptional and we’re continually blown away by their dedication.”
Through February’s NHL schedule, Buffalo’s total number of tickets purchased in full-season ticket packages ranked fourth in the league, and the team’s total average paid attendance ranked sixth.
The team’s total of 747,485 tickets distributed this season comes within 2,000 tickets of the franchise’s total paid attendance record of 749,133. The team reached this mark despite having one fewer home game on the schedule after playing their first “home” game in Helsinki, Finland to open the season.