First Niagara Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Buffalo and has been used for various sporting and entertainment events since its opening in September 1996. Located in the waterfront district, facilities at this venue are state of the art. The arena can accommodate around 19,000 people depending on the seating and standing space made available on the arena’s floor. The Sabres Store at the arena covers 5,000 square feet (465 square meters) of retail space and is one of the largest arena stores in the National Hockey League (NHL). The store opens on Monday-Friday and for a brief period after the games. Merchandises include NHL and Buffalo Bandits' Lacrosse clothes, gifts, and accessories for the home and office.
First Niagara Center is the home of the Buffalo
Sabres of the NHL and Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League
(NLL). The arena has played host to several Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference (MAAC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
men's basketball tournaments since 1996. It has also hosted the
Frozen Four NCAA Ice Hockey tournament (2003) and the International Ice
Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship from December 2010 to
January 2011. In addition, the arena has hosted several professional
The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame is located at the arena’s
Pavilion, nearby the Sabres Store. The hall honors athletes involved in
sports from Western New York and those honored include Jim Lorentz (ice
hockey), Phil Mankowski (baseball), and Cindy Miller (golf). The Ira G.
Ross Niagara Aerospace Museum is located on the west side and devoted to the aerospace industry in Western New York. Dining
establishments here include a member only 100 Harbor Club fine dining
restaurant and 200 Harbor Club for Club Seat and Suite ticket holders
but open to the public for other events. There are also concession
stands and food courts offering varieties of quick meals and snacks.