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Downtown Buffalo arena officially becomes KeyBank Center

Sep 19, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Sabres' home arena officially has a new name. On Monday morning, representatives of the pro hockey team, City of Buffalo and KeyBank gathered inside the downtown venue to officially rename it KeyBank Center.


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KeyBank Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney says First Niagara's Larkinville complex will be Key's Northeast Regional Headquarters once the two banks merge. The new name of the downtown arena will be KeyBank Center, taking over First Niagara's sponsorship.


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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump spoke in front of 11,400 people at Buffalo's First Niagara Center Monday night, in a large rally on the eve of New York's primary election.


Update your calendars. The Trump for President rally at First Niagara Center is moving to Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m., instead of Sunday, April 17.

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Republican frontrunner Donald Trump bring his high-profile presidential campaign to Buffalo's First Niagara Center on Sunday, April 17.

'The Boss' rocks sold out First Niagara Center

Feb 26, 2016
Nick Lippa

"The Boss" was back, and the sold-out crowd at First Niagara Center couldn't have been more pleased that a four-decade-long music tradition continued Thursday night.

Donny Kutzbach

Tonight at 7 p.m., Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will take the stage at the First Niagara Center. The show marks the fifteenth performance by "The Boss" in Buffalo since the early 70s and, for one Western New Yorker, it makes for an even bigger number. Donny Kutzbach is co-owner of Fun Time Entertainment and Buffalo’s Town Ballroom and tonight will be his 42nd time seeing "The Boss" in concert.

Disappointed McCartney fans fail to snare tickets

Aug 31, 2015
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Fans converged on First Niagara Center hoping that with a little luck, they would snare some of the hottest tickets in town.

Rock legend Paul McCartney coming to First Niagara Center

Aug 25, 2015
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With great fanfare Tuesday morning, officials announced that legendary musician Paul McCartney will be playing a concert at First Niagara Center on October 22. It will be the first performance in Buffalo for the former Beatle.

Buffalo to again host March Madness games in 2017

Nov 17, 2014
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Buffalo will once again play host to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

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Plans were announced Wednesday for the first Big 4 Basketball Classic on Saturday, November 29, at First Niagara Center. Planners may have scored with fans by designing special throwback uniforms that feature the colors of the Buffalo Braves.

Sabres home opener: parking suggestions

Oct 9, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres open the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night at First Niagara Center.  The area around the FNC is expected to be jam-packed with fans and difficult to navigate for those not familiar with the construction going on at HarborCenter.

Hockey prospects game to feature draft prize Eichel

Sep 25, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will take place at First Niagara Center in Downtown Buffalo Thursday. The game will feature some of the best young talent in the world, including top prospect John “Jack” Eichel.

Sabres to host OHL game, top prospect McDavid

Aug 21, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday that they will host a game between the Erie Otters and the Niagara IceDogs at First Niagara Center this fall. The Ontario Hockey League game will showcase the talent of the world’s top junior prospect, Connor McDavid.

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The National Hockey League announced Monday that the league's annual scouting combine will be held in Buffalo in 2015 and 2016. 

Sabres raise season ticket prices 4%

May 7, 2014
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The Buffalo Sabres are raising season ticket prices by four percent. The team announced Wednesday that prices will go up $1 to $4 per game for the 2014-2015 campaign, depends on the seat location.

Tournament parking prices raise eyebrows

Mar 21, 2014
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Some fans making their way into downtown Buffalo for yesterday's NCAA basketball games experienced sticker shock while trying to park their car. Many were stunned to learn they’d be paying a hefty fee at the lots near First Niagara Center.

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Thousands of college basketball fans are in downtown Buffalo today for the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament games at First Niagara Center.

Buffalo welcomes back NCAA basketball tournament

Mar 17, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Local officials kicked-off the NCAA tournament in Buffalo Monday. First Niagara Center will host rounds two and three of the tournament this Thursday and Saturday.

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Top young hockey talent from across the nation will be playing in Buffalo the next two years. The Sabres and First Niagara Center will be hosting USA Hockey's All-American Prospects game in 2014 and 2015.

Sabres fans entering arena now subject to wanding

Nov 11, 2013
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Buffalo Sabres fans entering First Niagara Center will now face enhanced security screening.

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College basketball fans will be excited to hear that March Madness is returning to Buffalo for 2014.

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Just about six months after the official groundbreaking, work on HARBORcenter is about 25 percent complete.

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In a hockey season shortened to 48 games because of a lockout, the Buffalo Sabres opened the season Sunday with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, which sent a lot of happy fans into bars and restaurants for the first time this season.

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The Buffalo Sabres say more than 10,000 were in First Niagara Center to watch the team scrimmage Monday night.

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Buffalo Sabres' fans gathered at Alumni Plaza outside of First Niagara Center to honor the French Connection Friday night.

A seven foot bronze statue of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert was unveiled, celebrating the greatness of the trio and the success of the blue-and-gold in the 70's. The voice of the Sabres, Rick Jeanneret, hosted the event, and team owner Terry Pegula was on hand.

The opening of the NHL season is being delayed by contract negotiations between the players and the owners.

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The Buffalo Sabres will be honoring the famed French Connection line of the 1970s with a statue outside First Niagara Center. 

Sabres president Ted Black stood outside the arena Thursday to announce that a 10-foot bronze statue of the renowned trio -- Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert, and Rick Martin -- will be part of a larger, newly-renamed Alumni Plaza.

Sabres ban smoking at arena, raise ticket prices

Apr 25, 2012

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that starting this fall, smoking will no longer be allowed on First Niagara Center property. 

Designated smoking areas outside the arena will become a thing of the past as of September 1.  Fans will not be able to smoke on arena grounds during any games or events.  The team says the change in policy comes at the request of fans and reflects similar trends at the sporting venues across the country. 

Forty of America's best young hockey talent will have the opportunity to display their skills on the ice in Buffalo early next fall. 

First Niagara Center has been chosen as the venue for the first-ever All American Hockey Prospects Game on September 29. The announcement was made at the arena Monday afternoon by Dave Ogrean, Executive Director of Colorado-based USA Hockey.

"It is a real showcase of stars for the future, some of whom may very well end up wearing Sabre uniforms at some time," Ogrean said.

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band perform in concert tonight at the sold-out First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo as part of the "Wrecking Ball" tour.  

Springsteen last appeared in Buffalo in November 2009.  It turned out to be the last concert featuring saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in June 2011.   Tonight's concert will include a tribute by Springsteen to his old friend. 

WBFO and AM970's Mark Scott has a preview of tonight's show.