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Hockey is back. We’re just a few days away from the start of the 2021-2022 Buffalo Sabres hockey season. The Sabres wrapped up their pre-season on a high winning 3-1 against the Detroit Red Wings. This Thursday (October 14th) is their home-opener against the Montreal Canadians. Tickets are on sales now…  get yours here : Tickets

There will be plenty of activities around the KeyBank Center to participate in for the home opener and for opening weekend, with their first weekend game taking place this Saturday afternoon against the Arizona Coyotes. To celebrate the return of the Buffalo Sabres to the KeyBank Center, pregame parties before Thursday and Saturday’s game will be taking place. Here is everything you need to know regarding the home opener and opening weekend pregame parties : 

HOME-OPENER : Thursday Oct. 14 at 7PM 

Stanley Cup finalists, Montreal Canadians are coming to the KeyBank Center for the first time since the 2019-2020 campaign. It’s going to be a big game, so get ready for it by Partying in the Plaza beginning at 5pm. 

 Here is what’s happening at Party in the Plaza :

  • 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!

 Who doesn’t love a free t-shirt? Once inside, all fans who attend Thursday’s game will receive a commemorative Opening Night T-shirt. 

More partying and fun will be going on inside the arena, with the Seneca Sports Lounge (on the 200 level) hosting a pregame happy hour with $5 domestic drafts. Brian Duff and Martin Biron will be on site hosting the MSG pregame show. 

It’s a sentimental season for the Buffalo Sabres as this is going to be Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret’s last final season. He is going to be behind the mic introducing the Sabres onto the ice. Rick Jeanneret began his career with the Sabres in 1971. His passion, energy, and dedication to the Buffalo Sabres throughout the years has truly been incredible to watch and listen to over his long and remarkable career. But, it’s not over just yet… make sure to get to a game to hear Rick Jenneret for his final season as the Buffalo Sabres announcer.

The Sabres will also honor French Connection member Rene Robert, who passed away on June 22, 2021. Robert’s retired number 14 will be seen on the ice behind both nets. His memory and legacy will live on forever. 

HARVEST FEST / Sabres vs. Arizona – Saturday, October 16 at 1PM

Fall is arguably the best time of the year with football and now hockey being back. There is going to be plenty of fall fun this Saturday for opening weekend with Harvest Fest taking place at 11am in the Alumni Plaza. This kid-friendly pregame party will be jam packed with tons of fun activities including : 

  • Create your own GIF station
  • Music by the The Frankfurters
  • Fan activations and giveaways from Sabres partners
  • Petting zoo
  • Pumpkin carving Demonstration
  • ‘Pumpkin Alley’ games for kids and more

Food, drinks, and craft beer will also be available at Harvest Fest, provided by Southern Tier Brewing. If you haven’t been to Southern Tier yet, make sure to check it out. Their food, drinks, and sports bar atmosphere is a perfect spot for our community to gather and cheer on our favorite Buffalo sports teams. 

The Sabres facing off against the Coyotes is the first Saturday afternoon game of the season. With that being said, there will be special ticket offers for families. With the purchase of one regular-priced ticket, fans can purchase up to four tickets for $15 each. 

Halloween is almost here and the Sabres have yet another special treat for fans. The first 5,000 kids in attendance will receive Halloween trick-or-treat totes. Now your kids will be all set to go on Halloween night with their brand new Sabres Halloween bags. In addition, all fans will also receive a commemorative magnet schedule. 

If you plan on going to an upcoming game this season, you will want to know about the theme nights. Here is what you need to know :

The Cobblestone District is so excited to fans back at the KeyBank center to cheer on our Buffalo Sabres! Let’s go Buffalo!