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What to expect at KeyBank Center during Opening Weekend

The Sabres are hosting pregame Parties in the Plaza on Thursday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 16

by Buffalo Sabres @BuffaloSabres / Sabres.com

UPDATE: Saturday's Harvest Fest, which begins at 11 a.m.., will be moved inside KeyBank Center due to inclement weather. 

Opening Weekend is just around the corner. That means it's time to get back to hockey and celebrate the return of fans to KeyBank Center.

The Sabres begin the season at home against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Oct. 14. There will be giveaways, a Party in the Plaza, and tributes to late Sabres legend Rene Robert. 

After that, the team is hosting Harvest Fest for its 1 p.m. game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Oct. 16. The day will feature fall-themed activities for your entire family.

Both contests are Family Pack games. Get four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and four popcorns all for $199. Family Packs are available here. 

Two games. Two plaza parties. Here is everything you need to know. 

 

Home Opener presented by KeyBank vs. Montreal - Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. 

The season opens with a visit from the Stanley Cup finalist Montreal Canadiens, who come to KeyBank Center for the first time since the 2019-20 campaign. 

Another returning tradition: Party in the Plaza. Here is some of what to expect pregame in Alumni Plaza, beginning at 5 p.m. 

•   Music from Nerds Gone Wild
•   Buffalo Stampede Drumline
•   Fan Photo Activation
•   "Let's Go Buffalo" Marquee/Balloon Display
•   Mobile Gaming Truck
•   Fan activations and giveaways from Sabres partners
•   Alumni appearances and more!

Once inside, all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Opening Night T-shirt. 

The Seneca Sports Lounge on the 200 Level is hosting a pregame happy hour with $5 domestic drafts. Brian Duff and Martin Biron will be on site hosting the MSG pregame show. Fans will be treated to live music on the entertainment stage, a new feature inside the arena bowl. 

The game marks the beginning of a season-long celebration of Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret, who will be behind the mic for one final season in 2021-22. "R.J." will introduce the Sabres onto the ice prior to the game.

The Sabres will also honor French Connection member Rene Robert, who passed away on June 22. Robert's retired No. 14 will be visible on the ice behind both nets. 

 

Harvest Fest vs. Arizona - Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. 

The first afternoon game of the season comes with a special ticket offer for families. With the purchase of one regular-priced adult ticket, fans can purchase up to four kids tickets for just $15 each. 

The first 5,000 kids in attendance will receive Halloween trick-or-treat totes. All fans will receive a commemorative magnet schedule.

Harvest Fest will begin at 11 a.m. inside KeyBank Center with music from DJ Milk, food and beverage, craft beer from Southern Tier, and fall-themed activities including: 

•   Create Your Own GIF Station
•   Fan activations and giveaways from Sabres partners
•   Pumpkin Carving Demonstration
•   'Pumpkin Alley' games for kids and more!

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