The Buffalo Sabres today announced plans for "Fan Appreciation Weekend," which will take place during the team's final home and away games of the 2014-15 regular season. Both nights provide fans a wide array of contests, promotions and giveaways, highlighted by the annual "Fan Appreciation Night," presented by ADPRO Sports April 11 (the team's final home game).
'Fan Appreciation Night': Sabres vs. Penguins
To kick off "Fan Appreciation Night," the Sabres will host a party in Alumni Plaza from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside of First Niagara Center. The party will feature live music from the band Disco Duck, appearances by Sabretooth and select Sabres alumni, Sabres merchandise giveaways, as well as face-painting and activities for kids. Food and drink will be available on the plaza, and Tops Friendly Markets and partners will be on hand with food sampling kiosks.
Two fan-favorite giveaways will make their return to "Fan Appreciation Night" in 2015. Sabres players will again give away their game-worn jerseys to select season-ticket holders after the game in the "Jersey Off My Back" promotion. "Rowards" giveaways are back as well, with prizes courtesy of HARBORCENTER, Moe's Southwest Grill, Perry's, Subway, Tim Hortons and Tops Friendly Markets.
Two intermission contests are scheduled for the game as well. After the first period, one contestant selected at random will compete in the Delta shootout for a chance to win two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the U.S. 48 courtesy of Delta. Following the second period, two contestants selected at random will compete in the "Slide with Pride" shootout for a chance to win a suite night at a Sabres game during the 2015-16 season sponsored by First Niagara.
In a pre-game ceremony, the Sabres, along with their Gold Ring Partners, will be presenting the annual team awards as voted on by the players. The team will award its most valuable player presented by First Niagara, rookie of the year presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, "unsung hero" presented by Fallsview Casino and Resort and the "7th Man" presented by Labatt.
During the game, the Sabres Foundation 50-50 raffle winner will receive a 2015 Lexus NX 200t, purchased from Northtown Lexus, valued at $35,000. Additionally, the winner will receive 50 percent of the raffle sales in excess of $70,000. The winner is solely responsible for any and all taxes and fees associated with this raffle prize.
Every fan in attendance will be treated to a Sabres "One Buffalo" handout, a 40 percent discount at the Sabres Store, as well as discounted concession prices, including a cup of popcorn ($2), pizza slices ($4) and souvenir sodas ($3).
The team is offering five times the normal amount of Fan Advantage points given for ticket scans and broadcast keywords announced throughout the game. There will be bonus keywords available through all official Buffalo Sabres social media accounts.
The Sabres have teamed with Moe's Southwest Grill to allow the fans to choose the Moe's "Hot Players" for "Fan Appreciation Weekend." Starting April 7, 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 games April 10-11.
'Fan Appreciation Weekend' Goes Digital
Another component returning to this year's "Fan Appreciation Weekend" is a chance for fans watching the Sabres broadcast on MSG to win prizes throughout the games. To participate in this contest, fans can enter a website URL that will be displayed on their television screen during the broadcast. Brian Duff will announce winners during both intermissions and the postgame show on MSG. Prizes for the broadcast portion of "Fan Appreciation Weekend" are below.
April 10, Sabres at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.
April 11, Sabres vs. Penguins, 7 p.m.