Ice Skating Outside... At New Era Field?

World Juniors Hockey event gives you the chance

AP photo, 2008


As part of the World Junior Hockey Championships coming to Buffalo, the Buffalo Sabres and Bills are offering a special opportunity for fans to skate outdoors at New Era Field for a price.

The tournament will include an outdoor game between the US and Canada at the stadium on December 29, and as long as there is a rink there the teams decided to allow fans a skate on the same rink during the two days before that game.

"We kind of looked at (the schedule) and saw some opportunity," says Harbor Center Communciations Manager Don Heins. " We've got to get the United States out there two days before the game to practice. We've got to get Canada out there the day before the game, and once the ice schedule came together we saw some opportunity."

The skate on December 27 and 28 costs $100 and includes a ticket to the game on Dec. 29th.  The tickets are available through and    COMPLETE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE 

The World Juniors Tournament showcases top amateur and recently drafted players from around the globe. The tournament begins the day after Christmas with games featuring teams from The United States, Belarus, Canada, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and  Switzerland over 12 days at the Key Bank Center and The Harbor Center downtown.

AP Photo, 2008

The last time there was an outdoor game at the then Rich Stadium was when the NHL held thier first outdoor Winter Classic game on a snowy New Years Day 2008, with  71,217 on hand to watch the Buffalo Sabres lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 (Pictured above and at top of page) .  The outdoor rink from that event was moved to East Aurora and hosts regular public skates, but the average hockey fan has never been able to be on ice inside the stadium.

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Skating On New Era Field! - Don Heins

From The Sabres:

Once-in-a-lifetime experience available Dec. 27 and 28; will include 300 level ticket to USA-Canada outdoor game

BUFFALO, N.Y. (November 30, 2017) --- Fans will have a chance for a once-in-a-lifetime experience when the World Junior Hockey Championship comes to Western New York this December: an opportunity to skate on the outdoor ice at New Era Field. Tournament organizers announced today that two special sessions have been set to give hockey enthusiasts a chance to make memories in the days leading up to the inaugural World Junior Championship outdoor game between the United States and Canada.

There will be two sessions open to fans:

  • Wednesday, December 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The cost to participate will be $100 and will include a 300 level ticket to the United States vs. Canada outdoor game at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29 at New Era Field. Skaters will enter the stadium grounds at One Bills Drive, the main driveway off of Abbott Road and park in Lot 2. Then skaters will proceed to enter the stadium through Gate 1 and head towards section 122/123 for field and ice access. They will have a warming station in New Era Field’s east end zone tunnel to tie up skates, and will be able to purchase concessions at the Miller Lite Brew Pub. All participants are asked to bring their own skates, and helmets are required for anyone under 12 years of age. Everyone entering the stadium must hold a ticket to the skating event.

This once-in-a-lifetime offer is open to all Bills Season Ticket Members, Sabres Season Ticket Holders and My One Buffalo members beginning (Nov. 31) today by clicking on this link. Any remaining slots will be available to the general public tomorrow, December 1, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Packages for all 31 games of the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship are still available, along with eight and twelve game options. Tickets to all preliminary round games are currently on sale. Individual ticket sales for medal round games will be announced at a later date. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

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