The Buffalo Sabres development proposal for the Webster Block was given the go-ahead Wednesday from the City of Buffalo. Team owner Terry Pegula’s $123 million “HARBORcenter” includes a hotel, sports bar, parking structure and a dual-surface ice rink that will likely be the future home of Canisius’ Division I hockey team.
“Our hope, and I know their hope, is that we would be an anchor tenant for them down there,” Canisius athletic director Bill Maher said. “That would mean that our Division I hockey program would have a locker room down there and would practice down there and we would have our competition down there.”
The Buffalo Sabres have officially bid on land downtown that they would use for a multi-rink hockey complex that would serve as the future home of the Canisius hockey program.
The Webster Block is highlighted in orange. It’s currently a parking lot across from the FN Center.
The Sabres were in talks with Canisius last summer about the possibility of building a rink on the Main Street campus that would double as a Sabres practice facility. Those talks stalled last fall and didn’t pick back up.
According to a report from Buffalo Business First, the Sabres are one of three groups to bid on the Webster Block, a piece of land across from the First Niagara Center nearly two acres large. The report says the property would be “used as a practice facility for the team as well as the home base for some of the area’s collegiate hockey teams.”
Canisius officials said today the school is still working with the Sabres and the college team mentioned is “definitely still us.”