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KeyBank Center

Opened:Sept. 21, 1996Home Team:Buffalo Sabres
Owner:Erie CountyCapacity:19,070
Location:1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NYFormer Names:Marine Midland Arena (1996–2000)
HSBC Arena (2000–2011)
First Niagara Center (2011–2016)

KeyBank Center is a multipurpose indoor arena located in Buffalo, New York. Originally known as Marine Midland Arena, the venue has since been named HSBC Arena and First Niagara Center. Home to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League since 1996, it 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.

KeyBank Center was previously home to the Canisius Golden Griffins (NCAA), Buffalo Blizzard (NPSL), Buffalo Wings (RHI), and Buffalo Destroyers (AFL).

In addition to concerts and professional wrestling, the venue has hosted major events, including the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, the 2003 Frozen Four, and UFC 210.

KeyBank Center Buffalo Sabres
KeyBank Center, Home of the Buffalo Sabres (Andre Carrotflower, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)

First Game

  • Oct. 12, 1996 – Sabres vs. Detroit Red Wings (6-1 loss)

Notable Events

  • Stanley Cup Final – 1999
  • NHL Entry Draft – 1998, 2016
  • NCAA Men’s Frozen Four – 2003
  • IIHF World Junior Championship – 2011
  • NCAA men’s basketball tournament – 2000, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2022
  • MAAC men’s basketball tournament – 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005
  • UFC 210