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Sabres announce Fan Appreciation events

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced plans for the team's annual Fan Appreciation celebration, which will take place during several games in April to close out the 2016-17 regular season.

New to the celebration this year will be added perks and benefits available for fans who register in the My One Buffalo mobile app. Additionally, the Sabres Store will be giving all fans 40 percent off their entire purchase during each of the team's home games in April.

The Sabres will first hold Family Appreciation Day when the New York Islanders visit KeyBank Center on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. As part of the festivities, there will be a family-focused party in Tops Alumni Plaza beginning at 1 p.m.

Broadcaster Rick Jeanneret will call the game from the 300 level and an auction through My One Buffalo will allow fans the chance to bid on an in-seat visit from Sabretooth. The final run of the BlueCross BlueShield Live Fearless Frenzy will take place during the first intermission to decide the Sabres 7th Man Award winner.

There will be several special ticketing offers to celebrate the event:

•   The Sabres will offer a special $15 discounted ticket for children with the purchase of a regularly priced 300 level ticket, presented by Tops Friendly Markets.
•   Family packs with four tickets, four sodas, four hot dogs and four popcorns are available for $199.
•   Hat packs featuring two 300 Level II tickets and a Sabres New Era cap can be purchased for $99.

For the regular-season home finale against the Montreal Canadiens on April 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Sabres will host Fan Appreciation Night presented by ADPRO Sports. During the game, the Sabres Foundation 50-50 raffle winner will receive 50 percent of the guaranteed pot of at least $50,000. Raffle tickets will be sold beginning two hours before the start of the game until the end of the second intermission. 

The fan-favorite Jersey Off My Back giveaway will also make its return to Fan Appreciation Night in 2017. Sabres players will once again give away their game-worn jerseys to select season ticket holders after the game. Added to the promotion this year will be an auction on My One Buffalo that will allow fans at the game to bid on the chance to go home with one player's jersey. 

As part of giveaways at the game, KeyBank will provide the first 10,000 fans through the gates with complimentary One Buffalo sunglasses. Delta Air Lines will be hosting an on-ice promotion giving one fan the chance to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Delta flies in the U.S. 48.

Fans registered for My One Buffalo by the day of the game will also be able to register for a raffle at the Buff-A-Nerd table located on the 100 level concourse. An entire section will win free pizza courtesy of La Nova Pizzeria and New Era Cap will give away 32 caps. Other team sponsors will be providing additional prizes for Lucky Row Giveaways.

The Sabres have also teamed with Moe's Southwest Grill to allow fans to choose the Moe's Hot Players for the final home game of the season. Starting Friday, March 31, fans can visit the Buffalo Sabres Facebook page to vote for their favorite players, and the top six vote-getters will be chosen as the Moe's Hot Players for the game on April 5.

The winner of the 7th Man Award, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, will be part of a ceremonial faceoff prior to the game. Winners of this season's player awards will also be announced throughout the game. Awards will include Sabres Foundation Man of the Year presented by Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Unsung Hero presented by Labatt, Rookie of the Year presented by Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Most Valuable Player presented by KeyBank.

Special ticket offers will be available for fans coming to the game:

•   Family packs with four tickets, four sodas, four hot dogs and four popcorns are available for $199.
•   Hat packs featuring two 300 Level II tickets and a Sabres New Era cap can be purchased for $99.

During the game, fans will be able to purchase hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn cups and Sabres souvenir cups with soda for just $2.50 each. 

Fans tuned in to MSG for the team's final two road games against the Florida Panthers on April 8 and against the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 9 will have a chance to win prizes throughout both broadcasts when Fan Appreciation Night Goes Digital.

Registered My One Buffalo members will be able to access a form to enter the contest to win a variety of prizes including an overnight stay package from Buffalo Marriott HarborCenter and two round-trip tickets courtesy of Delta Air Lines. To participate in this contest, fans can find a FAN Goes Digital tile under the My Tickets area of the app. Winners will be announced by Brian Duff during both intermissions and the postgame show on MSG.

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