Kim Pegula Says Everything On Table For KeyBank Center Solutions
Pegula Sports & Entertainment President & CEO Kim Pegula said that KeyBank Center is "undergoing a thorough review" by PS&E officials and that "replacing the facility is no less a consideration than a major renovation," according to Vic Carucci of the BUFFALO NEWS. Pegula said, “Everything’s on the table. I think they did a great job when they built that place (in 1996) and our staff has been really good about maintaining and putting in a lot of cap-ex (capital expenditure) things over the years, but I wouldn't take anything off the table.” The Sabres' KeyBank Center was constructed "during the NHL's building boom" in the mid-'90s. Of the 17 venues built then, "virtually all of them have had major renovations or are about to," and KeyBank Center "has fallen behind." During the Sabres' '17-18 season, there was "considerable social-media buzz over the poor condition of the building, with parts of the building in various states of disrepair." The team's lease with Erie County for KeyBank Center runs through '22 (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/25).