The Buffalo Sabres announced today they will be holding their annual summer development camp from July 10-12 at First Niagara Center. This will mark the second year in a row that the ice will be installed during the summer and the development camp will be held at the home of the Sabres. Camp will conclude with “Sabres Summer Fan Fest,” a day of hockey-themed entertainment on Buffalo’s waterfront, on July 12, beginning at 3 p.m.
On-ice camp sessions will be open to the public each day, Wednesday through Friday, with the Wednesday and Thursday sessions being free-of-charge. Tickets for Friday’s scrimmage, as part of a Sabres Summer Fan Fest package, are available for $10.
The following is a tentative schedule of on-ice workouts open to the public at First Niagara Center during development camp. All times are subject to change and any updates will be posted at Sabres.com.
Wednesday, July 10
*Group 1: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
*Group 2: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 11
*Group 1: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
*Group 2: 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Friday, July 12
*Blue & Gold Scrimmage – Begins at 4 p.m.
The camp will feature approximately 40 Sabres prospects, including the team’s 2013 NHL Draft picks, all of whom are scheduled to participate in camp. A preliminary development camp roster will be available early next week.
The players will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts. The goals of the camp are to show prospective players the fundamental ideas of the Sabres’ playing system and expose them to the conditioning programs of an NHL player. Camp participants will also study and examine NHL rules and the successful techniques a player must possess to become a professional athlete.
‘Sabres Summer Fan Fest,’ being hosted in conjunction with Buffalo Place, will begin with the annual Blue & Gold scrimmage at First Niagara Center and will be followed by a concert at Canalside with alternative rock group 10,000 Maniacs serving as the night’s headlining act.
Fans can begin arriving at First Niagara Center at 3 p.m. to watch the Sabres rookies wrap up their development camp by participating in an intra-squad scrimmage, which begins at 4 p.m. Family-friendly food prices will be available to fans at concession stands throughout the arena.
Following the scrimmage, the Sabres and Buffalo Place will continue the evening entertainment at Canalside, the site of Buffalo Place’s popular summer concert series. Beginning at 6 p.m., children 12 years-old and younger can participate in an autograph session with the Sabres rookies. Music will also begin at 6 p.m., with 10,000 Maniacs scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. A post-concert fireworks show will conclude the night’s festivities.
Sabres Summer Fan Fest tickets are on sale now for $10. As an added value, fans who purchase advance tickets will have the option to buy a discounted ticket to the Buffalo Bisons’ July 13 game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Coca-Cola Field. Tickets can be purchased at the First Niagara Center Box Office or online at Sabres.com. Sabres season-ticket holders will be eligible for one free Fan Fest ticket for each seat they have purchased for the 2013-14 season.