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Sabres’ AHL affiliate expected to announce outdoor game

Mar 21, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres hosted the 2008 NHL Winter Classic, and now it appears their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans want to do the same.

According to the Buffalo News, the Americans have scheduled a press conference for Thursday morning. It is expected the club will announce that it is playing an outdoor game at Rochester’s Frontier Field in December.

Outdoor games have been well-received and are a massive draw in the NHL, and are growing in popularity in its top developmental minor league as well.

In January, the AHL held its fifth ever Outdoor Classic.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hershey Bears 2-1 in overtime before a crowd of 17,311 – average attendance at AHL games is 5,651 fans – at Hersheypark Stadium.

  1. nflfan4now - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Is there any truth to the rumor that first the Sabre’s and the Amerk’s are going to have a game to see which team really belongs in the AHL?

  2. jwcamp - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Sabres’ AHL affiliate expected to announce they will switch places with the NHL club…

  3. massconn72 - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    The RIT men’s and women’s teams are both going to play also. I think from what I read, there is going to be all sorts of games going on during the week. It sounds like a blast. I bet it will be packed.

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