Sabres ban smoking at arena, raise ticket prices
The Buffalo Sabres have announced that starting this fall, smoking will no longer be allowed on First Niagara Center property.
Designated smoking areas outside the arena will become a thing of the past as of September 1. Fans will not be able to smoke on arena grounds during any games or events. The team says the change in policy comes at the request of fans and reflects similar trends at the sporting venues across the country.
Also, the organization says season ticket prices for the 2012-2013 season will increase by $2 to $8 per seat, depending on location. The average ticket price will be about $53, which the team says is well below the projected league average of $75.