The feel-good buzz hovering over the Buffalo Sabres, thanks to the infectious enthusiasm of new owner Terry Pegula, has resulted in the team seeing 99 percent of its season ticket holders agreeing to renew their tickets for the 2011-2012 season.
The 99 percent renewal rate is a Sabre record.
Season-ticket sales have accounted for 15,200 seats in the 18,690-seat HSBC Arena. The Sabres capped season ticket sales at 15,200, approximately 100 more than last year. The new accounts came from the Buffalo Sabres Blue & Gold Club members.
And, because of the heavy demand, the Sabres said they will cap mini-pack at 3,500 seats. Mini-pack buyers can purchase tickets between five and 39 home games.
"We anticipate this year's mini-packs will sell out quickly," said John Sinclair, Sabres vice president of ticket operations and services.
Sinclair said Blue & Gold members will be given first choice at purchasing mini-packs.
"At that point, it will move to the general public," he said.
The Sabres also announced they are keeping their variable pricing ticket structure in place, but this year there will be just one top-level platinum priced game, a Jan. 13 contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The team set variable pricing with 11 gold-priced games, 18 silver, 5 bronze and 5 value.
Pre-season tickets for the two games at HSBC Arena will go on sale on Aug. 29 and the regular season tickets, if there are any, will go on sale on Sept. 17.