Sabres tired of playing in front of Leaf fans in Buffalo, attempting to prevent Leafs fans from attending games
BY MIKE ARMENTI SEPTEMBER 2, 2023 (9:15)
Per Frank Batres-Landaeta, VP of Sales and Service for the Buffalo Sabres, the Sabres are attempting to limit sales of Buffalo Sabres tickets to residents of Buffalo in an attempt to reduce the number of Maple Leaf fans present at home games.
Per reports, there are upwards of 80% Leaf fans in Buffalo when the Sabres play the Leafs and the idea to limit ticket sales to rival fans in Buffalo stems from complaints made by Sabres players being embarrassed by the number of Leaf fans present for home games. Ryan O'Reilly's hat trick game in Buffalo on February 21st last season brought forth the complaints after players saw the number of hats raining down from the stands in celebration of the visiting team.
According to reports and confirming what we already know, this won't prevent Leaf fans from attending games in Buffalo. The targeted motion is only expected to apply to early rounds of sales, such as pre-sale events. Tickets will still be available via your usual secondary suppliers, such as StubHub.
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