A sellout crowd entered Key Bank Center on November 16, 2019, to watch the Sabres attempt to end their 7 game losing streak against the Ottawa Senators. As you entered the facility, you saw the seats covered in scarfs, decorations throughout the arena and the players wearing pink practice jerseys for “Hockey Fights Cancer Night.”
The whole arena motif focused on the theme and there were placards at every seat asking who you were supporting in their fight against cancer. The Sabres had tabled set up throughout the concourses with signs and Sharpies so that the fans could hold up their signs. Cancer survivors were encouraged to create their own signs and hold them up for the cameras.
The arena itself was a beautiful setting and thanks to the Sabres’ hospitality, I had great seats in the front row of the 200 level. It was a pleasure sitting around knowledgeable hockey fans and engaging in some good hockey banter. I loved the various club seating areas and especially the seating tables at the end of the rink with a great view where you can order food and hang out in a fashion that looks much more comfortable than trying to eat your food in a typical stadium seat.
On the ice, the energy carried over from the crowd led the Sabres to snap that losing streak behind a 4-goal performance by Jack Eichel.