Buffalo Sabres announce 2012-13 regular-season scheduleby jmaloni
Schedule includes seven Sunday home games, including season opener
The Buffalo Sabres and the NHL have announced the team's schedule for the 2012-13 regular season. The Sabres also announced the variable pricing designations and box office pricing for individual games.
Buffalo will open the season at home on Sunday, Jan. 20 against the Philadelphia Flyers and will wrap up its schedule at home as well, with "Fan Appreciation Night" on Friday, April 26, against the New York Islanders. The Sabres will play on consecutive nights nine times in 2012-13.
The team will also play more Sunday games than usual this season, with 11 Sunday dates on the abbreviated schedule, including seven at First Niagara Center, after playing a full 2011-12 schedule that included only one Sunday game. The number of afternoon games has also increased significantly, with nine weekend games starting at or before 5 p.m., up from four last season.
The Sabres also announced the variable ticket pricing plan for all 24 Sabres home games in the 2012-13 season. The variable pricing plan breaks games down into four classifications to determine ticket price for the season: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Value. Games have been categorized based on the opponent, time of year, day of week, classic rivalries and games against marquee players.
The pricing plan for the 2012-13 season includes five Gold games, 15 Silver games, one Bronze game and three Value games.