'The difference in revenue from a game in Buffalo compared to a game in Rochester is very likely around $500,000 when ticket packages, suite revenue and corporate sponsorships are taken into account.'
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'The game at Carolina will sting for many Buffalo fans, who were disappointed when their injury-depleted team squandered a 2-1 third-period lead to lose to the Hurricanes. Salting the wound for Buffalo fans will be the Hurricanes will likely open the season by celebrating their Cup victory.'
'The Carolina Hurricanes will kick off their defense of the Stanley Cup title Oct. 4, when the NHL begins the season with three games. The Hurricanes will play the Buffalo Sabres — the team they beat in the Eastern Conference finals — at home on opening night, the league announced Wednesday.'
'The NHL released the regular-season schedule on Wednesday and the Hurricanes will get to raise the curtain in style on October 4 when they host the Buffalo Sabres. It is a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals, which the Hurricanes won at home in Game Seven.'
'Just over half of the scheduled home games — 21 — will be played on either Friday or Saturday. A dozen games are scheduled for Friday, with faceoff for that day of the week planned for 8 p.m. All other start times are for 7 p.m. with the exception of the Jan. 1, New Year's Day game versus the New York Islanders at 5 p.m.'
'Buffalo will once again feature variable pricing for tickets to all home games.'
'Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said he's still not sure how much more owner B. Thomas Golisano will allow the team to spend on players for next season, but the estimate keeps rising based on money being spent around the league. "We have a sense of where it's going to go," Regier said. "It's certainly gone up since July 1," when teams were allowed to begin signing unrestricted free agents.'
'Don't kid yourself. It's nice to gush about team chemistry. But this is business. It's the same for the players as it is for Tom Golisano. During the playoff run, it was easy to forget that the players had gone a year without NHL paychecks and had taken 24 percent salary rollbacks under the new bargaining agreement. The players got crushed by the owners. But they came away with more liberalized free agency.'
Amerks Announce Five Home Dates (WROC-TV)
Amerks announce five home dates for 2006-2007 season (Amerks.com)