The man who has sung the national anthem at the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey games for over 20 years is being given the honor to do the same thing at the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI). The announcement was made via press release from WGI on Wednesday, June 25.
According to WGI, Doug Allen, the principle singer for the Buffalo Sabres, will sing the anthem at the historic racetrack before the Continental Tire 150 on Saturday, June 28 and the featured Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race on Sunday. Locally known as the "Anthem Guy," this will be Allen's first appearance at Watkins Glen International.
Singing since he was just a child, Allen grew up on a family dairy farm in Cattaraugus County. Since the early 90s, he has performed before thousands of Sabres fans with his signature renditions of "O Canada," and "The Star Spangled Banner."
According to WGI, "Allen’s enthusiasm and delivery energizes both the fans and players as he passionately sings each anthem as they were intended to be." Allen has also performed at several other Buffalo sporting events.
When he is not performing for Buffalo hockey fans and enjoying local celebrity status from doing so, Allen keeps his priorities on his work in the community. He works as Facilities Coordinator for the Buffalo City Mission and is also Worship Director at his local church, the Fellowship Wesleyan Church in West Seneca.
The Watkins Glen International Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen weekend features five different series of sports cars this year and runs June 26-29. For more information on tickets, camping, etc., see the track's website.