Located on Buffalo's waterfront, First Niagara Center is Western New York's premier sports and entertainment facility. Primarily known as the home of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara Center is a state-of-the-art venue that was designed with all kinds of live entertainment in mind. First Niagara Center hosts the best concerts, ice shows, sporting events, and family shows entertaining audiences of all ages. Since the grand opening on September 21, 1996, more than 11 million people have attended the wide variety of events held at First Niagara Center.
First Niagara Center is also home to the National Lacrosse League's Buffalo Bandits, and has hosted national profile events such as the 1999 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds, the NCAA "Frozen Four" Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship and much more. First Niagara Center also hosted the 2011 IIHF Under 20 World Junior Championship in December 2010.