KeyBank Center known as Marine Midland Arena, HSBC Arena and First Niagara Center, is a multipurpose indoor arena located in downtown Buffalo, New York. It is the largest indoor arena in Western New York, seating 19,070 fans in its normal configuration, was constructed for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, who have called the arena home since 1996, when it replaced the now-demolished Memorial Auditorium; the arena was renamed as KeyBank Center starting with the 2016–2017 NHL season. It is operated by Pegula Sports and Entertainment. What was known during construction as Crossroads Arena opened September 21, 1996, replacing the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium; the construction cost was $127.5 million. Naming rights were sold to Marine Midland Bank, part of the HSBC banking group in 1996, the building was renamed Marine Midland Arena before the first game had been played; the bank bought the naming rights for 30 years to expire in 2026. In 1999, as part of HSBC's worldwide corporate rebranding, the arena's name was changed to HSBC Arena, with the official renaming taking place on March 17, 2000.
This name change coincided with the playing of the first college basketball tournament game in the arena's history. The press box in the arena is named after former Sabres broadcaster and Hockey Hall of Fame member Ted Darling. In 2011, Buffalo-based First Niagara Financial Group reached an agreement to purchase HSBC Bank's upstate New York and Connecticut branch network. While naming rights to HSBC Arena were not included in the sale, First Niagara, HSBC, the Buffalo Sabres and other parties reached an agreement to establish a new naming rights deal with First Niagara; the name of the arena became First Niagara Center that summer, with the official renaming taking place that fall. First Niagara bought the naming rights for 15 years the remainder of the time, left on HSBC's naming rights deal with the arena. KeyCorp announced its plans to purchase First Niagara—and thus the naming rights to the arena—on October 30, 2015. Although exterior signage was installed during the week of August 11, 2016, the renamed KeyBank Center became official on September 19, 2016.
On November 16, 1996, the arena's first JumboTron, an eight-sided scoreboard made by Daktronics with Sony video screens, fell to the ice while it was being remotely moved. This was minutes after a few players ended practice and hours before a game between the Sabres and Boston Bruins. Nobody was injured; the scoreboard was replaced that season. In time for the Buffalo Sabres' 2007–2008 season, a new high-definition scoreboard manufactured by Daktronics was installed. In addition the four main speaker racks were removed and replaced and two additional speaker racks were added; the new scoreboard features four large high-definition video screens, surrounded by two 360-degree LED ribbon boards. The bottom of the board features large Buffalo Sabres logos with giant sabres crossed behind them; the handles of the sabres are lit with blue LEDs. The Sabres logos shoot smoke out of the Buffalo's nostrils every time a Sabres goal is scored or when the Sabres win at home. Renovation #1 The first update to the arena took place after the conclusion of the 1998-1999 hockey season.
95 seats were added behind the last row of the 300 level, raising the arena's hockey and lacrosse capacity from 18,595 to 18,690. Renovation #2 The second update to the arena took place in 2002-2003, when the Sabres replaced matrix board on the face of the second bowl with a LED ribbon; the original seamless glass boards were removed, replaced with boards with clear plastic stanchions, which gave when players were hit into them. Renovation #3 The third update to KeyBank Center took place for the 2007–2008 season. Two illuminated Sabres logos were added in the upper level of the pavilion on both sides of the Sports Headlines bar. New LED ribbon boards were installed in the arena seating bowl in conjunction with the new HD scoreboard. In 2008, a mural was installed in the lower pavilion near the main entrance, containing pictures from the 2008 NHL Winter Classic held at Ralph Wilson Stadium, now known as New Era Field, in nearby Orchard Park. Renovation #4 The fourth update took place during the summer and early fall of 2011.
The major renovation included the demolition and installation of brand new locker rooms and concession updates as well as fan enhancements. This $6 million locker room project led by Cannon Design of Grand Island saw an expansion from 8,000 to 15,220 square feet in size; the new Sabres locker room is designed as a circular room, complete with illuminated team logos on the floor and ceiling. Additional new facilities include a state of the art fitness center, new coaching offices, film rooms where players and coaches can watch previous games, a players lounge with a kitchen and team chef; the new Sabres locker room features a Wall of Fame featuring team history, the names and numbers of retired team jerseys. Limestones that were salvaged from the former Buffalo Memorial Auditorium are surrounded by glass, which features the names of all team players throughout franchise existence. Visiting team locker rooms were expanded from 3,230 to 3,511 square feet. A new post-game interview room was built.
In addition to the new locker rooms and training facilities, the public spaces within the arena were upgraded. As part of the update, the arena took on the Sabres Blue and Gold color scheme inside the arena bowl, it replaced the red color used on the team logo from 1996–2006. The previous Sabres logo (known infamously as the "Buffaslug", u
NFTA Rail Maintenance Yard
The Metro Rail Maintenance Yard or "South Park Terminal" houses Buffalo Metro Rail's cars in a train shed at the former Delaware and Western Railroad terminal in the Cobblestone District of Buffalo, New York. The property is located at the southernmost fringe of the Central Business District; the station was built in 1917, was designed to handle both steam trains and steam ships. The storage and maintenance facility was converted to its present condition in 1982, following the demolition of the former main terminal concourse building "headhouse" of the DL&W Terminal in 1979; the lower level of the sheds are used to store the rail cars. The upper level is empty space, consisting of the concrete troughs where tracks once stood and their platforms. However, some of it is used for a train operators' lounge and storage. Numerous proposals for adaptive reuse of the unused portion of the upper level of the terminal sheds have been floated publicly by various parties, including: a casino, a farmers market and loft apartments, as well as an additional Metro Rail station with shops and commuter parking.
In 1982, an addition was built on the east end of the terminal building, which has a modern rail maintenance shop for servicing the rail fleet. This addition contains some administrative offices; the terminal was built by the Delaware and Western Railroad in 1917. The station was built for both rail travel. Passengers arriving by boat entered the station from the south side entrance which faced the Buffalo River; the building was three stories high and built of brownstone. There were waiting rooms on the ground floor and on the second floor which were connected by a grand double staircase; the ground floor had checking counter with benches along the sides. The second waiting room was fitted with accommodations for about 200 persons. Off the waiting room was a women's parlor, furnished in soft brown with wicker furniture. There were rugs on a writing desk. On the other side of the stairs was a smoking room; the middle of the east side of the waiting room had the entrance to the train concourse. Next to the waiting room was a news stand and parcel booths, restaurant.
On a mezzanine floor were the rooms for railroad employees, a waiting room for immigrants, a room for railroad business mail. On the third floor were various offices, including those for the superintendent and the train dispatcher; the Construction of the Buffalo Skyway led to the destruction of the line north of the terminal where the skyway was placed. In 1963, the Delaware and Western Railroad merged with the Erie Railroad; the new resulting railroad known as the Erie Lackawanna Railroad or the EL abandoned the terminal soon after when it ended service to Buffalo. After years of abandonment the head house of the terminal was demolished in 1979 in preparation for the installation of the Buffalo Metro Rail. With the redevelopment around the terminal of Canalside, HarborCenter, KeyBank Center, plans have been floated to redevelop the building into a multi-model site with turning the upper level of the building into commercial space with a pedestrian bridge to KeyBank Center and it's parking garage as well as a new metro rail station inside the building and public access to riverwalk.
The plan, estimated to cost 42 Million Dollars and approved by NFTA includes docks on the Buffalo River. Media related to Lackawanna Terminal at Wikimedia Commons Metro Rail Maintenance facility NFTA Rail Maintenance Building DL&W Map
Buffalo Metro Rail
The Buffalo Metro Rail is the public transit rail system in Buffalo, New York, United States. The system consists of a single, 6.4-mile long light rail line that runs for most of the length of Main Street in the City of Buffalo, from KeyBank Center in Downtown Buffalo to the south campus of the University at Buffalo in the northeast corner of the city. The first section of the line opened in October 1984. Construction on the initial Metro Rail line began in 1979 and opened in stages: the surface portion opened on October 9, 1984 while the subway opened as far as Amherst Street Station on May 20, 1985, following an opening ceremony on May 18; the line was further extended to University Station, serving the University at Buffalo, on November 10, 1986 due to construction issues at LaSalle Station. At the time of the start of construction, the line was intended to be the first line for an extensive heavy rail system that would spread throughout the city and suburbs. However, during the construction of the line and afterward, Buffalo's population declined by 55% from around 580,000 in 1950 to about 261,000 in 2010 and the new line's ridership was much lower than anticipated.
The cost of the urban section was so high that no funding was available to extend the lines into the suburbs, including the Amherst campus of the University at Buffalo. Efforts to obtain funding for feeder lines have been met with little to no success. Although a centerpiece of the original line, the downtown transit mall did not live up to expectations; because of poor traffic patterns on Downtown Buffalo's Main Street, some business groups called for the removal of the transit system so that they can return to normal vehicle traffic and curbside parking on Main Street, hoping that this measure would recreate the prosperous days of the past. In 2008, Buffalo began a project to reintroduce cars to Main Street; the project in question involved creating a shared trackbed/roadway with curbside parking, as well as the permanent closure of the Theater Station, which occurred on February 18, 2013. The closure of Theater Station meant that Fountain Plaza Station, located 546 feet south in the 500 block of Main Street, now serves as the beginning and ending of the Free Fare Zone.
On January 23, 2015, after less than two years of construction, traffic was reintroduced to the 600 block of Main Street, between Tupper and Chippewa Streets, in the Theater District. On December 15, 2015, traffic was reintroduced to the 500 block of Main Street, between Chippewa and Mohawk Streets, in the Central Business District. On January 9, 2017, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in his State of the State address that funding would be secured for the Amherst and Cobblestone line extensions. If successful, this would be the first extension in the service's history. Funding for an environmental review into the Amherst extension was approved in 2018; the study is expected to take between 30 months. Metro Rail is a light rail transit system as characterized by the American Public Transportation Association although it shares many characteristics with "heavy rail" metro systems and could be considered a "light metro." 80% of its track is an underground subway with high-level platforms. This section has eight stations that are spaced widely apart, comparable to subway systems elsewhere.
This section is cut-and-cover from Allen/Medical Campus to Utica deep-bored from Delavan/Canisius College to University. The remaining 20% of its track are on the surface on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. On the surface section, trains interact with automobile traffic from the theater district where it emerges from the tunnel until Mohawk Street where it reverts to a transit mall and at cross streets, where movements are governed by traffic signals. Catenary poles are spaced every 130 feet to support the overhead electrical lines. Metro Rail operates electric multiple-unit light rail vehicles in two-to-four car trains with power drawn from an overhead catenary system. Three-car trains are limited to rush hour and special events and four-car trains to special events; the Buffalo trains and SEPTA's light rail cars in Philadelphia are the only modern non-articulated LRVs operating in the United States. Fares are collected through a proof-of-payment system enforced by ticket inspectors. Travel is free on the above ground portion of the system.
Regular fare is $2. All stations have ticket machines. Metro Rail runs as follows: Monday-Friday from 5:10am–12:50am, Saturdays from 7:05am–12:50am, Sundays and holidays from 8:00am–11:50pm. Trains run as as once every ten minutes at rush hour and no less than once every twenty minutes. In July 2008, the NFTA reported that the passenger count "eclipsed the previous year's tally by 23%." As a result of this, in September 2008, the NFTA began an earlier starting time to the weekday schedule in response to an 11% increase in ridership over eight months of growth. Numbers are from the Federal Transit Administration's National Transit Database, which contains statistics from 1996–2011: Buffalo Metro Rail is ranked 25th in the nation in light rail daily ridership service as of 2013, with 5,058,300 passengers. However, it is noted that the line lacks extended branches to the suburbs, being confined to the city limits of Buffalo. One group, the Citizens Regional Transit Corporation, advocates for expansion.
As indicated in its statement, the CRTC seeks to educate the public, public off
Fountain Plaza station
Fountain Plaza is a Buffalo Metro Rail station located in the 500 block of Main Street between Huron and Chippewa Streets. Fountain Plaza serves the northern section of the Buffalo Downtown Central Business District and the Buffalo Theater District since the permanent closing of Theater Station on February 18, 2013. Fountain Plaza is at the north end of the Free Fare Zone, where customers traveling north are required to have proof-of-payment. At West Chippewa and Pearl Streets: 7 Baynes-Richmond 8 Main 64 Lockport 66 Williamsville 67 Cleveland Hill 81 Eastside 204 Airport-Downtown Express At East Chippewa and Washington Streets: 74 Hamburg Fountain Plaza station is located near: Alleyway Theatre Andrews Theatre Babeville Courier Express Building Market Arcade Building AMC Market Arcade 8 Shea's Performing Arts Center Trinity Episcopal Church Fountain Plaza Buffalo Savings Bank Calumet Building Electric Building Genesee Building Genesee Hotel New Era Cap Company The Avant List of Buffalo Metro Rail stations Media related to Fountain Plaza at Wikimedia Commons
New York State Route 5
New York State Route 5 is a state highway that extends for 370.80 miles across the state of New York in the United States. It begins at the Pennsylvania state line in the Chautauqua County town of Ripley and passes through Buffalo, Utica and several other smaller cities and communities on its way to downtown Albany in Albany County, where it terminates at U. S. Route 9, here routed along the service roads for Interstate 787. Prior to the construction of the New York State Thruway, it was one of two main east–west highways traversing upstate New York, the other being US 20. West of New York, NY 5 continues as Pennsylvania Route 5 to Erie. NY 5 overlaps with US 20 twice along its routing; the second, a 68-mile overlap through western and central New York, is the second-longest concurrency in the state, stretching from Avon east to the city of Auburn in Cayuga County. The concurrency is known locally as "Routes 5 and 20"; as the route proceeds across the state, it directly or indirectly meets every major north–south highway in upstate New York, including all three north–south Interstate Highways.
NY 5 was assigned in 1924 as a true cross-state highway, extending from the Pennsylvania state line in the west to the Massachusetts state line in the east by way of modern US 20. At the time, modern NY 5 between Buffalo and Albany was designated as New York State Route 5A. By 1926, NY 5 was moved onto the routing of NY 5A while the old routing of NY 5 became NY 7, it was truncated in 1927 to Athol Springs in the west and Albany in the east following the assignment of US 20, again in 1930 to downtown Buffalo. NY 5 was reextended to the Pennsylvania state line c. 1932 by way of its old routing to Athol Springs, an old alignment of US 20, a lakeside spur route of US 20, assigned in 1930. Only local realignments have occurred since. Although it is no longer used for long distance travel, NY 5 is still regionally important. NY 5 is named Main Street in Buffalo, Erie Boulevard and West Genesee Street in Syracuse, State Street in Schenectady, Central Avenue in Albany, the state capital, it is a major local road in many other locations along its path.
NY 5 runs concurrent to US 20 twice between its endpoints: for three miles between Silver Creek and Irving and for 68 miles across western and central New York. At 67.6 miles in length, the eastern overlap between US 20 and NY 5 is the longest surface-road concurrency in New York state, behind only the concurrency of I-86 and NY 17 in the Southern Tier. Maintenance of the majority of NY 5's 371 miles is performed by the New York State Department of Transportation. However, locally owned and maintained sections exist in six cities; the city-maintained sections of NY 5 are in Buffalo from NY 16 north to the city line. At the New York–Pennsylvania border in Ripley, PA 5 becomes NY 5 upon entering New York, it closely follows the shore of Lake Erie through all of Chautauqua County. Once reaching the village of Silver Creek it overlaps US 20 until entering Erie County at the Cattaraugus Reservation and NY 438 where the roads once again split. Once in Erie County it pulls inward from the lake shore from Brant to the hamlet of Wanakah.
Once past Wanakah, the road once again borders the lake shore and goes through more developed areas the Ford Stamping Plant and the Bethlehem Steel plant in the city of Lackawanna where the road is called the Hamburg Turnpike and eight wind powered turbines, which pump power into the national grid are visible. Near the northern edge of the city, NY 5 begins to ascend onto an elevated roadway as it connects to Ridge Road and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens by way of an interchange. Here, the route becomes the Buffalo Skyway, a limited-access highway with exits for Ohio and Tifft streets and Fuhrmann Boulevard. After a quarter-mile, NY 5 passes seamlessly into the city of Buffalo. A short distance past the city line, NY 5 passes over the Union Ship Canal on a span of the elevated road known as the Father Baker Bridge. North of the waterway, the Skyway gains a frontage road named Fuhrmann Boulevard. Both the service road and the Skyway run parallel to Lake Erie until the northern end of the Buffalo Outer Harbor.
Here, the frontage roads end while NY 5 turns to the northeast, crossing the Buffalo River and entering downtown. On the north bank, the Skyway returns to a northerly routing as it passes KeyBank Center, located directly to the east, Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, situated to the west, meets I-190 at exit 7. Past the interchange, the Skyway ends and the route descends in elevation, becoming an at-grade roadway once more at Church Street in the shadow of Buffalo City Hall. NY 384 begins here, following Delaware Avenue north into the heart of downtown, while NY 5 turns east onto Church. At Main Street, Church Street splits into a pair of one-way streets and becomes North and South Division Street; the route follows South Division eastward for two blocks to an intersection with Ellicott Street located one block north of Sahlen Field. At the junction, which includes the northern terminus of NY 16, NY 5 turns northward, rejoining NY 5 westbound one block at North Division; the route continues on Ellicott for nine blocks to the unidirectional East Tupper Street, where NY 5 westbound s
University station (Buffalo Metro Rail)
University is a Buffalo Metro Rail station located near the intersection of Main Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard on the University at Buffalo South Campus. It is a major transfer point between Metro Rail and many city and suburban bus routes and offers a unique "Kiss and Ride" facility on the top level, above the mezzazine; this allows drivers of automobiles a separate area to drop off passengers, so they do not add to the traffic congestion from buses at the station during rush-hour periods and a large park-and-ride facility directly to the east of the station. Since University station serves as a terminal south is a double crossover. From May 20, 1985 to November 10, 1986, due to construction issues at LaSalle station, Amherst Street station served as the northern terminus. Since November 10, 1986, University station serves as the northern terminus. University serves UB South and is a transfer point for buses to the north and northeast suburbs of the city and is one of four stations that offers an off-road bus loop, requiring passengers to board/debark using curbside stops and is served by 11 bus routes: NFTA 5 Niagara-Kenmore 8 Main 12 Utica 13 Kensington 19 Bailey 34 Niagara Falls Boulevard 44 Lockport 47 Youngs Road 48 Williamsville 49 Millard Fillmore Suburban 81 Eastside University at Buffalo shuttles Blue Line - serves as a shuttle van to University at Buffalo-affiliated locations of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus from the University at Buffalo-South Campus.
UB Stampede - connects the two campuses of the University at Buffalo. This service closed to the general public. In 1979, an art selection committee was created, composed of NFTA commissioners and Buffalo area art experts, that would judge the artwork that would be displayed in and on the properties of eight stations on the Metro Rail line. Out of the 70 proposals submitted, 22 were chosen and are positioned inside and outside of the eight underground stations. University station is home of three pieces of work, from Stephen Antonakos, Harvey Breverman, Beverly Pepper; the work from Stephen Antonakos is called "Neon for South Campus Station" and is an "abstract form of neon tubing, creating large, incomplete circles and incomplete squares, mounted on the interior ceiling of the mezzanine level of the station." The 550 feet of tubing is red and blue. Harvey Breverman's work is "a large triptych on a semi-circular wall at the foot of the escalators at the trainroom level." The work is entitled Synoptic Triptych.
It focuses on the composite nature of a diverse, evolving University community and it's attending resources. Beverly Pepper's work is a sculpture of steel and grass located in the bus loop entitled Vertical Presence-Grass Dunes; the work changes in appearance. An illusion of movement is created through the passing sun patterns. University station is near: Grover Cleveland Golf Course Community of Eggertsville, town of Amherst Kenilworth neighborhood of Tonawanda University Plaza University Heights Neighborhood University at Buffalo South Campus University Presbyterian Church VA Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo Media related to University station at Wikimedia Commons Metro Rail Success Hayes Road entrance from Google Maps Street View "Kiss and Ride" entrance from Google Maps Street View
Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park
The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park known as The Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park, is a museum on the shore of Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. It is home to several decommissioned US Naval vessels, including the Cleveland-class cruiser USS Little Rock, the Fletcher-class destroyer USS The Sullivans, the submarine USS Croaker. All three are open to the public for tours. In 1976 the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency and the Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park requested the United States Department of the Navy supply a decommissioned naval vessel to construct a naval park; the construction of the Buffalo Naval and Servicemen's Park started in 1977. The park was opened to the public on July 4, 1979; the Cleveland-class cruiser USS Little Rock and the Fletcher-class destroyer USS The Sullivans were part of the original display. In 1988 the Gato-class submarine USS Croaker was added. In 1989 Croaker underwent a refit; the ships in the park remain property of the United States Navy. The park has gone through a few major changes in recent years.
In 2003 the ships were moved to the foot of Pearl and Main streets. The park now abuts the historic Commercial Slip within it. New structures were added including a new museum, the new Liberty Hound restaurant opened in the summer of 2012. On December 16, 2017 USS Little Rock was commissioned at the park alongside its namesake USS Little Rock; the commissioning was the first time a United States Naval vessel was commissioned alongside its namesake. Along with the ships, there are a variety of smaller vehicles and aircraft are on display at the park; these include the Gyrodyne X-Ron 1 Rotorcycle one-man helicopter used by the US Marine Corps in the late fifties and early sixties, an Army M41 Walker Bulldog tank used in the Korean War, a Marine Corps M-84 Armored personnel carrier, a UH-1 Huey flown in Vietnam, an Air Force F-101 Voodoo flown by the New York Air National Guard's 136th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, a Nasty-class Fast Patrol Boat used by the Navy in Vietnam, a Navy FJ Fury jet, a USAAF P-39 Airacobra manufactured at Bell Aircraft in Buffalo which saw service in World War II.
The sail and rudder of the submarine USS Boston are on display here. The park is located in the Canalside district near the KeyBank Center and HarborCenter in downtown Buffalo. Hours vary by season. Official homepage of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park