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AHL Rochester to break attendance record set during last lockout

Dec 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres played in First Niagara Center lately, so why not let their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans take advantage of it?

The Americans are doing just that and on Friday, they will set a new franchise attendance record in their game against the AHL Lake Erie Lake Erie Monsters. As of Thursday afternoon, only one of 19,070 seats was still available for the contest, according to the Buffalo News.

Their previous attendance record was 17,898, set during the last lockout when they similarly decided to play a late December game in Buffalo.

Rochester’s roster has been enhanced due to the work stoppage with Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno among those that were expected to play in the NHL this season.

This will mark the second time that Rochester has played in First Niagara Center this season. In the Americans previous contest in Buffalo, they earned a 3-1 victory in the presence of 10,936 fans. At the time, that was Rochester’s largest crowd since the 2004-05 lockout.

  1. harvestern - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    First Niagara Center only holds 18, 690 people. Also as of yesterday single seats were available not a single seat. just means you can’t buy seats together. Not sure where the facts of this article came from.

  2. harvestern - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    My bad, they raised capacity. Single seat thing still applies though.

  3. fortwaynekomets - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    awesome!!!!!!

    people who support the NHL but not minor league hockey are complete tools!

    why do you think they are called farm teams? the talent is being grown in the ECHL and AHL then passed onto the NHL. they are all business partners anyways.

    most people just think NHL is the only league like the NFL is for football.

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