KeyBank Center

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KeyBank Center
The KeyBank Center in Buffalo in January 2012 with the old sponsor name
The KeyBank Center in Buffalo in January 2012 with the old sponsor name
Earlier names

Crossroads Arena (planning phase – 1996)
Marine Midland Arena (1996–1999)
HSBC Arena (1999–2011)
First Niagara Center (2011–2016)

place 1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza Buffalo , New York 14203
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 42 ° 52 '30 "  N , 78 ° 52' 35.6"  W Coordinates: 42 ° 52 '30 "  N , 78 ° 52' 35.6"  W.
owner Hockey Western New York, LLC
start of building November 4, 1994
opening September 21, 1996
surface Concrete
ice surface
costs 127.5 million US dollars
architect Ellerbe Becket
capacity 18,690 seats (ice hockey)
19,200 seats (basketball)
18,500 seats (concert)
16,700 seats (wrestling)

The KeyBank Center is a multi-purpose hall in the US city ​​of Buffalo , New York State . The hall is home to the Buffalo Sabers ice hockey team from the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Buffalo Bandits from the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The arena is also regularly used for concerts and college basketball games ( NCAA Basketball Tournament and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference ).

Occasionally the arena is also used for wrestling events, such as B. Fully Loaded 1999, WCW Fall Brawl 2000, and 2005 WWE Great American Bash . The HSBC Arena used to be home to the Buffalo Destroyers , Buffalo Blizzard , Buffalo Stampede , Buffalo Wings and the 2003 NCAA Frozen Four .


The KeyBank Center on the Buffalo River in Downtown Buffalo opened on September 21, 1996, replacing the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium from 1940. Initially the arena was called Crossroads Arena , but the name was changed to Marine Midland Arena even before the first game took place. as Marine Midland Bank (part of the HSBC banking group) became a name sponsor . In 1999 the name was changed to HSBC Arena . In the same year the first college basketball tournament was held. The arena offers space for up to 19,200 spectators, depending on the event. On August 25, 2011, the Buffalo Sabers announced that the arena would be named First Niagara Center after the First Niagara Bank. The contract period is 15 years.

In September 2016 the name of the arena was officially changed to KeyBank Center . The background to this is the takeover of First Niagara Bank by KeyCorp or its financial institution KeyBank .


On November 16, 1996, a few minutes after the end of a training session, the eight-sided video cube fell from the ceiling of the hall. Nobody was injured, but the game between the Sabers and the Boston Bruins , set a few hours later, had to be postponed.


Web links

Commons : KeyBank Center  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Sabers to announce arena naming rights August 25, 2011 (English)