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Insomniac99 08-29-2012 12:04 PM

Sabres to Build 2 New Rinks in Buffalo
 
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The Sabres were awarded a bid to build two new rinks across from the First Niagara Center along with a hotel, parking lot, and themed restaurant. The rinks will be used for tournaments, public use, and other younger leagues as well as practice ice when needed for the Sabres. Looks like it will be a great thing for hockey in Buffalo!

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And here's a look at the full proposal.

AtlantaWhaler 08-29-2012 12:14 PM

Love seeing teams working to build the sport at the ground level. IIRC, the Preds are working on building two new rinks as well.

hatterson 08-29-2012 01:59 PM

It will be a large improvement over what's currently downtown in that spot.

Looking at the proposal it appears that site prep would begin in January and full construction would start in Feb/March. The parking garage and retail/restaurant space would be complete in July 2014, and the ice facility would open in September 2014 in time for traditional hockey season. The hotel would be complete in June of 2015.

tsujimoto74 08-29-2012 03:15 PM

Was hoping Pegula would win that bid. Should start making Buffalo more of a hockey destination from lower levels up, with increased ability to host tournaments (and the teams and their families in the hotel).

Insomniac99 08-29-2012 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by tsujimoto74 (Post 53951177)
Was hoping Pegula would win that bid. Should start making Buffalo more of a hockey destination from lower levels up, with increased ability to host tournaments (and the teams and their families in the hotel).

Thats what I love. He really is making this into "Hockey Heaven" from the ground up. These kids playing in rinks with Sabres logos all over will go a long way to inspiring them to go for the NHL. In 15 years I can see the amount of hockey players entering the NHL from WNY increasing.

wildcat48 08-29-2012 03:48 PM

Let's see if this causes the USHL to Buffalo noise to ramp up.....

tsujimoto74 08-29-2012 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Insomniac99 (Post 53951329)
Thats what I love. He really is making this into "Hockey Heaven" from the ground up. These kids playing in rinks with Sabres logos all over will go a long way to inspiring them to go for the NHL. In 15 years I can see the amount of hockey players entering the NHL from WNY increasing.

For sure. I really admire te approach he's taken and how he's following up on his claims to make Buffalo a " hockey heaven". Making the Sabres into a winning team will be a big part of that, but no doubt this kind of stuff, the FNC renovations, and the way he treats players will add up and contribute as well. Can't wait to see what Buffalo's reputation around the league is like with him as the owner, say, 10 years from now.

Hamilton Tigers 08-29-2012 04:51 PM

And of course a super solid franchise increases any prospects that might exist for a Hamilton franchise.

Let's go Buffalo!

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Taro Tsujimoto 08-29-2012 06:09 PM

It's also been noted that a Tim Horton's is planned to be opened there, and New Era is planning to either move their Buffalo flagship store or open up a second there: http://www.buffalonews.com/city/comm...cle1028591.ece

Killion 08-29-2012 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Hamilton Tigers (Post 53953823)
And of course a super solid franchise increases any prospects that might exist for a Hamilton franchise. Let's go Buffalo!

... ya, this new owner theyve got is really good one, very much the civic minded, benevolent & munificent type who loves the game. Enlightened. Id be very surprised if he didnt both endorse & embrace a nearby rivalry with Hamilton as it would do nothing but help as opposed to hurt his bottom line despite the long standing arguments to the reverse.

ALF AmericanLionsFan 08-30-2012 07:57 AM

More rinks is a good thing!:handclap:

FadeToBlack 08-30-2012 08:37 AM

I'm glad Buffalo ended up in the hands of a strong, involved, and wealthy owner. It's good for hockey as a whole.

GuelphStormer 08-30-2012 09:36 AM

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Originally Posted by FadeToBlack (Post 53967279)
I'm glad Buffalo ended up in the hands of a strong, involved, and wealthy owner. It's good for hockey as a whole.

More and more fantastic news! Buffalo is a great hockey town and a really nice city ta boot.

I wish I had a dollar for every time a canadian customs officer sniffed out our leftover 50-wing platter and said "your car smells gooood" on the way home after a show or a game or a weekend in eville.

Killion 08-30-2012 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by GuelphStormer (Post 53968329)
...canadian customs officer sniffed out our leftover 50-wing platter...

... :laugh: that takes me back. The best are apparently at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo or Duffs' in Amherst.
Worth the trip for that alone. Close to being the best food on the planet. Gotta love ChickenWings done right.

Gm0ney 08-30-2012 10:58 AM

This is good news - congrats to Buffalo.

No Fun Shogun 08-30-2012 11:25 AM

Really neat, good for the Sabres and Buffalo.

Insomniac99 08-30-2012 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Killion (Post 53970013)
... :laugh: that takes me back. The best are apparently at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo or Duffs' in Amherst.
Worth the trip for that alone. Close to being the best food on the planet. Gotta love ChickenWings done right.

Can't say I'm a fan of Duffs. The sauce has a weird creamy flavor. Their chiavettas wings are great though. But for regular wings I'd go to Anchor(if you wanna pay out the nose) or just some of the local pizza places.

Killion 08-30-2012 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Insomniac99 (Post 53971041)
But for regular wings I'd go to Anchor...

... I see your in Orchard Park & in close proximity to The Anchor. Lucky you. Mebbe I could get you to ship me some... :P

Insomniac99 08-30-2012 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Killion (Post 53971315)
... I see your in Orchard Park & in close proximity to The Anchor. Lucky you. :P

Haha yes, and even closer to Duffs. I've only been to the Anchor bar twice though. Their wings are good but...wings are so easy to make and they charge so much ($1.10 a wing!). Heck there's a bar near me that does decent enough wings for 10 cents a wing so you can imagine why I don't bother with Anchor. I think some of my favorite wings I've had so far was at Dwyer's Irish Pub in North Tonawanda. Lots of different styles to choose from.

Hamilton Tigers 08-30-2012 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Killion (Post 53971315)
... I see your in Orchard Park & in close proximity to The Anchor. Lucky you. Mebbe I could get you to ship me some... :P

Guess what?

Anchor Bar's first Canadian location will set up shop in downtown Hamilton right by Copps Coliseum in Jackson Sqaure.:yo:

http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/talk/stor...nchor-bar.html

GuelphStormer 08-30-2012 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Insomniac99 (Post 53971041)
Can't say I'm a fan of Duffs. The sauce has a weird creamy flavor. Their chiavettas wings are great though. But for regular wings I'd go to Anchor(if you wanna pay out the nose) or just some of the local pizza places.

and Danny Zack's on Niagara St (the bad part).

mmmm, now my mouth is watering.

Killion 08-30-2012 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Hamilton Tigers (Post 53971595)
Guess what? Anchor Bar's first Canadian location will set up shop in downtown Hamilton right by Copps Coliseum in Jackson Sqaure.:yo:

... Awesome. You guys are in for a treat now! :nod:

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Originally Posted by GuelphStormer (Post 53973203)
and Danny Zack's on Niagara St (the bad part). mmmm, now my mouth is watering.

... alright already, stopit. :laugh:

dirt 09-01-2012 12:16 PM

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Originally Posted by wildcat48 (Post 53952149)
Let's see if this causes the USHL to Buffalo noise to ramp up.....

Seeing how few seats are in these rinks, I think no.


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