CLINTON – What's the scene going to be like Tuesday night for the Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets?
Unlike anything you normally see in the NHL.
The teams' nationally televised exhibition game will be played in 2,000-seat Clinton Arena, which dates to 1947 and was rebuilt in 1953 after it was destroyed by fire. That's roughly the same capacity as HarborCenter's main rink but the word is the rink is tight-tight-tight. Both on the ice (shorter than 200-foot NHL regulation) and in the stands.
Fans in the central New York village have had a hockey festival all weekend featuring the Stanley Cup and NHL alumni visits that included former Sabres player and broadcaster Brad May.
The teams will arrive Tuesday morning and walk a public red carpet before their morning skates. The building is expected to be full for that event as well, with the Jackets hitting the ice at 10:30 a.m. and the Sabres at 11:30. The game is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and WGR Radio.
Click below to check out the official Hockeyville video on the arena and reports from WUTR in Utica and Spectrum News for the arena's preparation for the game: