Northtown Center

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Northtown Center at Amherst
Former names Amherst Pepsi Center, Amherst Ice Center
Location Amherst, New York, USA
Owner City of Amherst, New York
Operator Recreation Department
Capacity 1,800 (hockey)
Surface 200' × 85'
200' × 98' (hockey)
Opened 1998
Tenants
Buffalo Bulls (ACHA)
Buffalo Wings (MLRH)
Buffalo Sabres (NHL) practice facility
Buffalo Jr. Sabres (OJHL) (1998-2014)

The Northtown Center at Amherst, formerly the Amherst Ice Center and the Amherst Pepsi Center, is an 1,800-seat multipurpose arena in Amherst, New York located adjacent to the University at Buffalo. The current sponsor is Northtown Auto, a Buffalo area chain of auto dealerships[1] The ice arena features NHL regulation-sized ice sheets as well as an Olympic-sized ice sheet, which is also capable of hosting sledge hockey.[2] The main ice arena has a capacity of 1,800 with the other rinks having less capacity. The facility also has a roller hockey rink, sports training facility, restaurant, and pro shop.

It is the practice facility for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and also the home to the University at Buffalo Bulls men's ice hockey team competing at the ACHA Division I level in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey League[3] as well as the home of Buffalo Wings, a professional inline hockey team competing in Major League Roller Hockey and until the completeion of HarborCenter the Buffalo Jr. Sabres of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League.[4] The arena is also home to several local high school ice hockey teams, and is used by local figure skating clubs, youth, and adult recreational ice hockey leagues, as well as public skating. The U.S. and Canadian sledge hockey teams faced off in a three-game exhibition at the arena in February 2012.[2]

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Coordinates: 42°59′40″N 78°46′57″W / 42.99444°N 78.78250°W / 42.99444; -78.78250