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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabres today announced plans for “Fan Appreciation Weekend,” which will take place during the team’s final home and away games of the 2014-15 regular season. Both nights provide fans a wide array of contests, promotions and giveaways, highlighted by the annual Fan Appreciation Night, presented by ADPRO Sports on April 11, the team’s final home game.

To kick off Fan Appreciation Night, the Sabres will host a Party in Alumni Plaza from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the plaza outside of First Niagara Center featuring live music from the band Disco Duck, appearances by Sabretooth and select Sabres alumni, Sabres merchandise giveaways, as well as face painting and activities for kids. Food and drink will also be available on the plaza, and Tops Friendly Markets and partners will be on hand with food sampling kiosks.

Two fan-favorite giveaways will also make their return to Fan Appreciation Night in 2015. Sabres players will again give away their game-worn jerseys to select season-ticket holders after the game in the “Jersey Off My Back” promotion.

Two intermission contests are scheduled for the game as well. After the first period, one contestant selected at random will compete in the Delta shootout for a chance to win two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the U.S. 48 courtesy of Delta. Following the second period, two contestants selected at random will compete in the “Slide with Pride” shootout for a chance to win a suite night at a Sabres game during the 2015-16 season sponsored by First Niagara.

In a pre-game ceremony, the Sabres, along with their Gold Ring Partners, will be presenting the annual team awards as voted on by the players. The team will award its Most Valuable Player presented by First Niagara, Rookie of the Year presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Unsung Hero presented by Fallsview Casino and Resort and the 7th Man presented by Labatt.

During the game, the Sabres Foundation 50-50 raffle winner will receive a 2015 Lexus NX 200t, purchased from Northtown Lexus, valued at $35,000. Additionally, the winner will receive 50 percent of the raffle sales in excess of $70,000. The winner is solely responsible for any and all taxes and fees associated with this raffle prize.

Every fan in attendance will be treated to a Sabres “One Buffalo” handout, a 40 percent discount at the Sabres Store, as well as discounted concession prices including a cup of popcorn ($2), pizza slices ($4) and souvenir sodas ($3).

The team is also offering five times the normal amount of Fan Advantage points given for ticket scans and broadcast keywords announced throughout the game. There will also be bonus keywords available through all official Buffalo Sabres social media accounts.

Another component returning to this year’s Fan Appreciation Weekend is a chance for fans watching the Sabres broadcast on MSG to win prizes throughout the games. To participate in this contest, fans can enter a website URL that will be displayed on their television screen during the broadcast. Winners will be announced by Brian Duff during both intermissions and the postgame show on MSG. Prizes for the broadcast portion of Fan Appreciation Weekend are below.

April 10, Sabres at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.

  • An autographed Zemgus Girgensons Sabres jersey
  • A dinner and limousine package courtesy of Zoladz Limousine Service and (716) Food and Sport
  • Use of a suite for a 2015-16 Sabres game

April 11, Sabres vs. Penguins, 7 p.m.

  • An autographed Tyler Ennis Sabres jersey
  • A Samsung 50” LED Smart TV courtesy of Stereo Advantage
  • A pair of season tickets for the 2015-16 Sabres season

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