Sabres fans turn out in droves to watch development camp scrimmage

The First Niagara Center (shown above in 2011) drew a big crowd on Tuesday.

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How much do people in Buffalo love hockey?

Enough to fill 8,725 seats in the First Niagara Center for the development camp scrimmage.

Just to clarify, that’s how many people reportedly gathered to watch a game that means absolutely nothing in terms of points … featuring many players who have never played a single game in the NHL … in the middle of the offseason.

Here are a few photos of the scene:

How does the crowd compare to some of the other scrimmages around the league? Here’s a look the Wild’s game on July 14, held in hockey-mad Minnesota:

Not a bad turnout at all. But the other side looks to be empty:

And here’s a look at one of the Caps’ scrimmages:

The Devils, one the other hand, reportedly called off their Tuesday game:

Think they would have rioted in upstate New York if the Sabres management made the same move?

In case you care, Team White beat Team Blue, 5-1.

(h/t: Reddit for the story)