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More than 10,000 tickets have been sold for Friday's Sabres scrimmage

The big night of Sabres development camp is Friday night's Blue & Gold scrimmage -- also known as our first game-condition look at Jack Eichel.

"I'm just super excited for it," Eichel said after Thursday's on-ice testing sessions in First Niagara Center. "I know everyone is pretty tired right now so we're going to need to recover in the next 24 hours to be at your best.

"It seems like I've been doing the media tour, doing a million things and there's nothing I love more than to just play hockey. Nothing I love more than preparing for a game and just playing. The atmosphere and the feeling of playing against another team and trying to win a game. ... I imagine there will be a lot of people here and I can't wait for the opportunity."

Some quick notes looking ahead to the event, which begins at 7 p.m:

* Tickets are $10 and are available at Sabres.com or the arena box office. My advice on this is the same I give to big Bisons nights like Indepedence Eve or Star Wars Night: Use print at home (I realize there's fees but sometimes it's worth it), or head down early.

If you think you're going to walk up at, say, 6:30 or 6:45 and be in a seat, you're mistaken. The Sabres, remember, do limited day-of-game sales and no team can be expected to handle a crush of a couple thousand fans -- or more -- in the final hour before an event. The box office will be open all day Friday.

Seating is assigned, not general admission. A check of the team's website shows all seats in the 200 level and on the sides of the 100 level are spoken for.

* As of 2 p.m., the Sabres told me more than 10,000 tickets have been sold.

"It's special," winger Nick Baptiste said when told of that number. "What are we into, the middle of July? It's summer time and people are packing the stadium to watch hockey. It's special. We really notice the fan support and it's really nice to see.

"It shows how happy everyone is for hockey to be coming back and with the job Tim Murray has done spicing things up in Buffalo, the city is real excited about everything."

* There will be reduced price parking, for $5 in the FNC and HarborCenter ramps and $3 in the arena surface lots.

* The scrimmage will be a regulation game with three 20-minute periods and two intermissions. Concession stands will be open on the 100 and 200  levels, and the team said today that they will open on the 300 level as needed.

* There will be pre-scrimmage skates Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which will be open to the public.

Saturday is an off-day; camp concludes Sunday with a practice and three-on-three tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Related info:

* What to watch for: Our guide to development camp

* Photo galleries from development camp:

Monday's debut of Jack Eichel  |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Thursday

 

 

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