'"The average temperature in the beginning of January, end of December is 25 degrees (-3 C)," Bettman said. "That's exactly what we're hoping for. A little overcast … We prefer that there be no lake-effect snow or any other precipitation."'
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‘Buffalo was chosen for its dependably cold winters and proximity to Pittsburgh, whose fans are expected to make the 225-mile trip in droves. The NHL already is making plans to organize bus excursions and hold hotel rooms.’
'"Many of our players have great memories of playing outdoors when they were growing up," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "This game provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase our great players, honor hockey's heritage and ring in the New Year with the best fans in sports."'
‘In a letter expected to arrive today, Sabres’ season-ticket holders will be notified that they will receive the same amount of seats to the game as they would normally have to any game at HSBC Arena. Season-ticket holders will also have the opportunity to buy additional seats to the game and they can also choose to receive a refund if they decide by September 28th that they rather not attend the outdoor game.’
'The game will air nationally on NBC from the home stadium of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, where capacity exceeds 73,000.'
'The pricing chart for the outdoor game was also released by the Sabres. Some of the prices are as follows: Red Zone club seats are $225. Seats in the Jim Kelly Club section are $203. The top of the lower bowl is selling for $110. Seats in the upper deck are $39 at midfield and $29 in the corners. There are $10 obstructed view seats in the first rows of the stadium.'
'Tickets to the AMP NHL Winter Classic will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m., ET. Tickets may be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, as well as on NHL.com, PittsburghPenguins.com and Sabres.com. Tickets also will be available at the Buffalo Bills ticket offices.'
‘“I know my role,” Thibault said Sunday after practice in HSBC Arena. “They want an experienced guy to come in and play some games and help the team win. They want me to stop the puck.”’
‘League executives will gather at Ralph Wilson Stadium this afternoon to trumpet the first NHL game to be played outdoors in the United States, one that should shatter the league’s attendance record. The Sabres will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 in the home of the Bills.’