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SBD/September 7, 2012/Franchises
Sabres Send Group To Southern Ontario In Effort To Engage Fans In The Region
Published September 7, 2012
WELCOME TO PEGULA-VILLE: The CP's John Wawrow noted the Sabres last week won the rights to build a $123M multi-purpose complex across the street from First Niagara Center, and construction is set to begin in March on a 614,000 square-foot building featuring a "200-room hotel, two ice rinks (including one with an 1,800-seating capacity), retail/restaurant space and parking garage." Sabres Owner Terry Pegula said, "We're excited to bring this thing together. When we get this thing done, hopefully, we'll make Buffalo part of a hockey destination in the U.S. It'll be a magnet and it'll help everybody in the area." Wawrow noted the Sabres "estimate the new facility will annually attract 500,000 visitors." The ice rinks will be open to the public and "double as the team's practice facility." With two more rinks downtown, the team sees this as an "opportunity to lure national and international hockey tournaments" (CP, 9/6).