Thousands of tickets to Buffalo Sabres games have been going to waste. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County and Community Beer Works want to change that.
The nonprofit organization and the Buffalo brewery are asking fans who aren't interested in the games to donate their tickets rather than let them sit on the shelf. The tickets will be given to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program so children and their mentors can attend the games.
Fans are asked to bring printed tickets to Community Beer Works at 15 Lafayette Ave. from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday. In exchange for every pair of tickets, fans will receive a receipt for their tax-deductible donation and a free pint of Frank American Pale Ale.
Fans who use virtual tickets through the One Buffalo app can also donate by forwarding them to firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting Community Beer Works on Twitter (@communitybeer) or Facebook (Facebook.com/communitybeerworks/).
Season-ticket holders' interest in attending games has waned during Buffalo's 8-17-6 start. Tickets are routinely available for as low as $6 on the secondary market.
"We'll help make the holidays special for each kid as they and their mentor will be able to enjoy a game while you enjoy the spirit of giving and a free pint," Community Beer Works wrote in its release.