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Party time!

It will be double your viewing pleasure at this playoff season's Party in the Plaza outside HSBC Arena.

The Buffalo Sabres announced there will be a pair of large video screens set up to accommodate the thousands of fans expected to come to watch games in the plaza starting tonight. The two 9-by-12-foot screens will display MSG's feed of the first-round game between the Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers.

With many area students out of school this week, the team said it anticipates a large gathering for both tonight's Game 3 and Wednesday's Game 4 in Buffalo.

Some of the other features and guidelines if you're planning to attend the 2011 playoff party:

*WHEN: Pregame festivities will start at 5 p.m. for both Game 3, which starts at 7, and Wednesday's Game 4, which starts at 7:30. The Game 6 party, if it's necessary, will begin at 1 p.m. Easter Sunday in advance of the game at 3.

*WHERE: The party will take place in the plaza area near Perry and Illinois streets outside the east entrance of the arena.

*FEATURED GUESTS: Live music from Lance Diamond until 30 minutes before faceoff, and special guest appearances from several Sabres personalities.

*COST: For the Party in the Plaza, there is no charge, and no tickets are required. Food, beverages and merchandise will be available for purchase before and during the game.

*ROAD CLOSURE: Perry Street, between Main and Illinois streets, during all plaza parties.

*PARKING: On- and off-street parking where available. The HSBC Arena Parking Ramp entrance on Illinois Street will remain accessible by way of South Park Avenue and Perry Street.

*DON'T BRING: Coolers or lawn chairs. They will be prohibited in the plaza.

*DO BRING: Sabres fever.

-- T.J Pignataro

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