Sabres to allow about 2,000 fans at some games

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(AP) — The Buffalo Sabres will begin allowing about 2,000 fans to attend select home games starting next month.

The number of fans allowed follows New York state regulations in representing 10% of the team’s home arena’s capacity. All fans will be required to show proof they tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before the opening faceoff.

The first game fans will be allowed to attend will be March 20, when Buffalo is scheduled to face the Boston Bruins.

Season-ticket holders will have the first opportunity to buy seats,. The Sabres say they will provide further details in the near future.

In a separate announcement, the Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, New York, says it will continue playing without fans. The Rochester Americans say the decision was based on capacity restrictions and logistical challenges.

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