The Buffalo Sabres will open their 2012-13 regular-season schedule on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 12:30 p.m. against the Philadelphia Flyers. Some pertinent information related to Buffalo's home opener is below:
•Doors at First Niagara Center will open at 10:15 a.m. Sunday for the 12:30 p.m. puck drop. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure smooth entry into the arena and parking lots.
•The Sabres Store will be open at 9 a.m. Sunday and will be offering its "Fan Appreciation Sale" through the duration of the game. The sale offers fans a 50 percent discount on all merchandise in the store.
•Two lucky fans, Nancy Saia of Williamsville and James Kretz of Tonawanda, will drop a ceremonial puck prior to Sunday's game to officially open the Sabres' 2012-13 season. Saia, a Sabres season-ticket holder, and Kretz, a member of the Blue & Gold Club, were both selected at random to participate in the pregame ceremony.
•Throughout Sunday's game, First Niagara Center concession stands will be offering family-friendly pricing on concession items. Items include: a hot dog and potato chip combo for $3; popcorn for $1; souvenir Sabres beverage cup (and soda) for $4.25; and peanuts for $2.
Fans are reminded that Saturday will be the last day of the team's training camp and the public is invited to attend the final practice session, which begins at 10:30 a.m.