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General information
Status Under construction
Type Stadium, Commercial, Hotel
Architectural style Postmodern architecture
Location Webster Block, Buffalo, NY, USA
Coordinates 42°52′36″N 78°52′36″W / 42.87664°N 78.876686°W / 42.87664; -78.876686Coordinates: 42°52′36″N 78°52′36″W / 42.87664°N 78.876686°W / 42.87664; -78.876686
Construction started March 1, 2013
Estimated completion September 2014,
May 2015 (hotel)
Cost US$ 172.2 million (est)
Owner Buffalo Sabres, Terrence Pegula
Management John Koelmel (president)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 20[2]
Floor area 600,000 sq ft (56,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firm Populous
Developer HarborCenter Development, LLC
Main contractor Mortenson Construction
Other information
Number of rooms Hotel: 205 rooms
Parking 750 spaces
Official website
HarborCenter "The Rinks"
Location 7th Floor
Broke ground 2013
Opened September 2014 Pending
Owner Terrence Pegula
Operator Buffalo Sabres
Surface 200' x 85' (Rinks 1 and 2)
Capacity 1,800 (Rink 1)
150 (Rink 2)
Canisius College Griffins (Ice Hockey)
Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Erie Community College Kats Hockey Team

HarborCenter is a hockey-themed mixed-use development under construction in Buffalo, New York. Upon completion, the building will occupy a full 1.7 acre city block formerly known as the Webster Block, directly across from the First Niagara Center and the Erie Canal Harbor or "Canal Side".[3] The building is also located near the southern terminus of the Erie Canal Harbor (Metro Rail) station. The building is part of an overall effort to improve the Buffalo Waterfront.


under construction (November 2013 photo)

Construction of the 20-story HarborCenter began in March 2013,[4] the same month the Webster Block was purchased from the City of Buffalo for $2.2 million.[5] The building is being built by Mortenson Construction with ICON Venue Group serving as the project manager.[6] The building topped out on June 25th, 2014 as the last beam for the hotel was put into place. The project is expected to be mostly complete in September 2014 with the building and rinks opening and the hotel completed and opened in May 2015.


HarborCenter is being financed by Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula.[7] The building will contain indoor parking for 750 vehicles, and will feature two indoor ice rinks on the building's seventh floor, one with an 1,800-seat capacity and the other with a 150-seat capacity. IMPACT Sports Performance will operate HarborCenter’s 5,000 square foot, high performance off-ice training facility located on the buildings 6th floor.

The development is one of the most expensive for any privately funded single building in the city of Buffalo history. The project is designed to achieve LEED certification, with a goal of LEED Silver. The building was pledged by Pegula and others involved upon obtaining the property to open by September 2014 making it one of the faster projects in the area.

Commercial Tenants[edit]

The building will also contain a 205-room full service Marriott International hotel operated by Shaner Hotels, plus retail and restaurant space.[8] The building will contain a 716 restaurant built in design much like Real Sports Bar and Grill in Maple Leaf Square in Toronto and a special Tim Horton and Sabres themed Tim Hortons. The building will have storefronts along Main Street for smaller tenants.

Hockey Tenants[edit]

The HarborCenter's two ice rinks known collectively as The Rinks will become the home of Canisius College, an NCAA Division I College Hockey program in Buffalo, the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.[9], will also make this building their home with both the Griffins and Junior Sabres playing in the larger rink 1 with separate dedicated dressing rooms, as will Erie Community College Kats's NJCAA program. The Rinks will also be home to the Academy of Hockey.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Epstein, Jonathan (2013-06-06). "Koelmel named president of Sabres HarborCenter". Buffalo News. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  2. ^ "MARRIOTT, SHANER HOTELS EXCITED TO PARTNER WITH HARBORCENTER". nhl.com. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Terreri, Jill (February 19, 2013). "HarborCenter gets city, state approvals". The Buffalo News. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Terreri, Jill (March 11, 2013). "Streets to close around First Niagara Center". Buffalo News. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Fink, James (March 8, 2013). "Sabres deeded site of $170M HarborCenter". Buffalo Business First. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hockey-Themed Mixed-Use Development". ICON Venue Group. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ Fink, James (February 12, 2013). "Sabres say HarborCenter cost rises to $170M". Buffalo Business First. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hotel Flag Chosen: Marriott Buffalo Harbor Center". Buffalo Rising. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sabres Set To Acquire Land And Minor Hockey Program". Junior Hockey News. Junior Hockey News. Retrieved April 10, 2013.