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The Sabres installed a light blue ice surface for their AHL affiliate to host a game on versus the Cleveland Barons on March 20, 2005 and St. John's Maple Leafs on April 3, 2005. It was believed that the ice would show up better on television.

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Rochester Americans 2005 (Blue Ice Test)
Rochester Americans 2005 (Blue Ice Test)

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HSBC Arena

Buffalo, NY USA

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200x85

Home to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League since 1996, is the largest indoor arena in Western New York, seating 19,070. It replaced the Sabres' former home, Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, where the team played from 1970 to 1996. The venue is also home to the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League.

Rochester Americans 2005 (Blue Ice Test)
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