Why do people love the Buffalo Sabres?
Posted On July 18, 2021
The Buffalo Sabres have a new fan base.
But not for the reasons you might think.
In fact, fans in the city of Rochester, New York, are less likely to be interested in watching a hockey game than the Buffalo Bulls, the Sabres’ main rival, according to a survey by The Associated Press.
“It is kind of a big change in Rochester,” said Robert M. Kiley, a professor of sports management at the University of Rochester.
“A lot of the older fans are moving to the suburbs and to smaller cities.
And a lot of them are not going to be happy to see the Sabres on the ice.”
While the Sabres have never been to the Big Apple before, they’ve been a major hockey city since the 1980s.
Since then, the team has gone to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2008, and made the playoffs in three of the last four seasons.
And after winning the Stanley and Presidents’ Trophies last year, fans have been expecting a return trip to the Garden.
But the Sabres are in a rebuilding phase, and many fans are still hoping for something better.
In fact, the last time the Sabres were to the city, they lost to the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.
This year’s Sabres, led by center J.T. Compher, are trying to return to the postseason for the first time since 2006, when they lost in six games to the Anaheim Ducks.
But they’re not the only team in town.
The Detroit Red Wings are back in the AHL, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are in the American Hockey League.
And it seems like every other major NHL team is trying to make the move to a new arena, as well.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a plan to play in a new building, while the Minnesota Wild have also announced plans to build a new practice facility in the downtown core.
“You can’t ignore the fact that the NHL is going to have to do something,” said Bill Wesseling, a former president of the Greater Rochester Business Association.
“The arena needs to be open by the time the team gets there, and I think we’re not there yet.”
The Sabres, however, say they’ll have a lot to look forward to when they come to town in 2018.
The team is hoping to make some major upgrades in the summer, which includes the construction of a new concourse that will allow for more seats, better amenities and even more food and beverage options.
The Sabres are also hoping to add some new features to their stadium that could make it even more of a hockey experience.
The arena, which opened in the spring of 2016, has already become a hockey town.
There are many traditions that come with attending games at the Pegulas Arena.
It is the first stop on the way to the Sabres arena for the Stanley cup playoffs.
It’s also home to the Buffalo Soldiers, a professional hockey team.
The Sabres are hoping to replicate that experience at the new arena.
The Bills are hoping that fans will get to see more of their own team, especially with the arrival of former Sabres star Alex Ovechkin.
The organization is also hoping that the team can lure more local talent to play with the Sabres, including former NHL players like Alex Olesen and Brian Dumoulin.
There’s a new stadium, too, and fans are also expecting more of the Sabres.
The team is also going to open up a new home for its Sabres hockey program, the Rochester Indoor Hockey League, which is a minor league hockey league.
There are also plans to bring back the old Rochester Coliseum, the Bills’ old home, for the 2018-19 season.
It was demolished in 2017.
And then there’s the Buffalo Red Wings, who are hoping fans will be able to experience the old city again.
It took them five seasons to get their new arena built, but the team’s fans are eager to see what the new facility will be like.
“I don’t think it’s going to change anything,” said Mike DeLeo, the former general manager of the Detroit Red Wing who now serves as the Sabres president of hockey operations.
“But I think it could be a very exciting time for a lot different people.”