Changes for Sabres Fans

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 11:26 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 11:26 PM EDT


(Buffalo, N.Y.) When the Buffalo Sabres start the pre-season on Monday, fans will see a new team, a new owner, and a new building.

Since Terry Pegula has taken over, major renovations are being completed at the First Niagara Center (formerly HSBC Arena).

The bowl area has been re-painted in blue and gold, new carpeting installed, and cup holders and televisions are now in the bathrooms.

A fan favorite, 'Party in the Plaza' is making a comeback - this time during the regular season.

But noticeable absent are the old Sabres logos, which were affectionately known as 'slugs.'

In their place are the traditional Sabres logo with a charging buffalo and crossed swords.

Many of the ideas for change came from the fans themselves.

"We had 30,000 emails with suggestions," says Michael Gilbert, Vice-President of Sabres Community and Public Relations.

On the outside, the letters spelling out HSBC ARENA are being removed and will be replaced with FIRST NIAGARA CENTER.

The Sabres start the pre-season Monday night at 7pm by hosting the Carolina Hurricanes.