As per usual, hockey fans will need to pay the price to see the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center, along with Ryan Miller’s return to his old Buffalo home.
The Sabres unveiled their variable ticket prices for the upcoming season Thursday. While the prices of individual game tickets purchased at the box office have increased by $4-$5 a game for value-, bronze-, silver- and gold-priced games, cost will remain flat for the one platinum game on the docket. However, mini-pack prices have dropped substantially for the top three price tiers – as much as $36 for platinum, $24 for gold, $12 for silver – and risen in bronze and value from $1-$7.
Pricing in the five classifications (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and value) is based on opponent, day of week and time of year of the game and whether opponents have marquee players. The breakdown in the variable pricing is virtually identical to last season except there is one more silver game and one fewer gold game.
Platinum is the most expensive tier and the only one on the schedule is Saturday, Nov. 15, against the Toronto Maple Leafs ($80-$240 box office, $76-$180 mini-pack). There are seven gold games on the docket, 14 silver-priced games – including the home opener against Columbus on Oct. 9 – 11 bronze games and eight value games.
The gold-priced games ($68-$190/$62-$143), including South Buffalo native Patrick Kane’s visit with the Chicago Blackhawks on April 3, are as follows: Pittsburgh (Nov. 8), Montreal (Nov. 28), N.Y. Islanders (Dec. 27), N.Y. Rangers (March 14), Toronto (April 1) and Pittsburgh (April 11).
Three of the final four home games are gold with Carolina’s visit on April 6 priced at the value level.
Other value games ($35-$122 /$40-$110) include: Anaheim (Oct. 13), San Jose (Nov. 18), Tampa Bay (Dec. 2), Calgary (Dec. 11), Ottawa (Feb. 10), Nashville (Feb. 22) and Arizona (March 26).
Miller’s first game in First Niagara Center as an opposing goalie will be a bronze-priced game as Vancouver visits Thursday, Feb. 26. Those wanting to see the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings’ visit at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 can also do so at a bronze price.
Other bronze games ($44-$133 /$43-$115) include: Boston (Oct. 30), Detroit (Nov. 2), Montreal (Nov. 5), Detroit (Jan. 13), Minnesota (Jan. 15), St. Louis (Feb. 5), N.Y. Islanders (Feb. 8), Philadelphia (Feb. 15) and Washington (March 16).
Besides the home opener, other silver games ($57-$150/$$55-$120) include: Florida (Oct. 17), Boston (Oct. 18), Edmonton (Nov. 7), N.Y. Rangers (Nov. 21), Winnipeg (Nov. 26), Florida (Dec. 13), Colorado (Dec. 20), Tampa Bay (Dec. 31), Florida (Jan. 2), Philadelphia (Jan. 17), Dallas (Feb. 7), Ottawa (Feb. 20) and New Jersey (March 20).
Mini-packs go on sale Sept. 4, while fans can purchase individual game tickets beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 13. Existing mini-pack holders can start renewing their ticket packages beginning Aug. 27.