Lookout fans – the Rochester Americans are relocating again – this time for the game on December 28th. In light of the continued lockout, the Buffalo Sabres organization feels it would be a good opportunity to bring the two cities closer together by moving the Rochester Americans versus Lake Erie Monsters to the First Niagara Center.
If you have been actively watching/following Cody Hodgson‘s development, T.J. Brennan lighting the lamp, or seeing Marcus Foligno become more of a threat – then here is your chance to see it live and in person.
The last time the Rochester Americans came to town, the crowd at First Niagara Center swelled to almost 11,000 fans hungry for hockey action. With this game happening during winter break for students – and on a Friday, there is no doubt that the Rochester club will entertain the Monsters in front of a full house.
With Lockout 2012 in full effect – this could be the last stop on the hockey train in a while for fans in the Buffalo market. Even if the lockout were to end; the game will still be played in Buffalo as the December 28th game is an open date on the calendar for the First Niagara Center. I am sure the Buffalo Sabres will work with NHL schedulers in the event that a Sabres schedule has to be prepared around that date.
Buffalo Sabres planners could give fans an entire day of hockey if the lockout were to end, and could play a midday matinee NHL contest, with the AHL club taking the ice that evening – or vice versa. The organization could also put a charity game together as a matinee putting the Buffalo Sabres alumni on the ice against any number of teams or a scrimmage – hockey starved fans would come just to see the Blue and Gold on the ice.
Fans with tickets to the Blue Cross Arena for the tilt on the 28th can exchange their ticket for a ticket at the First Niagara Center for the game, exchange the ticket for a future Rochester Americans game, or get a refund for their ticket.