The Buffalo Sabres today announced plans for Fan Appreciation Night, presented by ADPRO Sports, which will take place on April 8 during the team's final home game of the 2015-16 regular season.
Before the game, 5,000 fans will receive a free Sabres mini-stick when they enter the arena. In addition, Tops Friendly Markets and partners will be on hand with food sampling kiosks located in Tops Alumni Plaza from 5-7 p.m., and a fan photo area will be open to all fans from 5 p.m. until the end of the first intermission in the arena on the 100 Level concourse.
In a pregame 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 Labatt Blue, Rookie of the Year presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Unsung Hero presented by Fallsview Casino Resort, the Sabres Foundation Man of the Year Award presented by Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the 7th Man Award presented by First Niagara.
Two fan-favorite giveaways will also make their return to Fan Appreciation Night in 2016. 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 the Sabres, (716) Food and Sport, La Nova Pizzeria, Moe's Southwest Grill, New Era Cap Co., Perry's Ice Cream and Subway.
During the game, the Sabres Foundation 50-50 raffle winner will receive 50 percent of the guaranteed pot of at least $70,000. Raffle tickets will be sold beginning two hours before the start of the game and through the end of the second-period intermission. A complete list of contest rules and restrictions can also be found at www.Sabres.com.
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 Air Lines.
The team is also offering twice the normal amount of Fan Advantage points given for ticket scans and five times the normal amount of points for broadcast keywords announced throughout the game.
In addition to the in-game promotions, there will be a 30 percent discount at the Sabres Store, as well as discounted concession prices, including a cup of popcorn ($2), pretzels ($2), hot dogs ($2) and souvenir sodas ($2) for all fans in attendance.
The Sabres have also teamed with Moe's Southwest Grill to allow the fans to choose the Moe's Hot Players for the final two games of the team's season. Starting Monday, April 4, 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 on April 8 and 9.
Fan Appreciation Goes Digital
In addition to this year's Fan Appreciation Night, fans watching the Sabres broadcast on MSG for the team's season finale against the New York Islanders on April 9 will have a chance to win prizes throughout the game. To participate in this contest, fans can enter a website URL that will be displayed on their television screen during the broadcast. Winners will be announced by Brian Duff during both intermissions and the postgame show on MSG. Prizes that will be given away during the game are listed below.