HSBC Arena Renamed!

August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2011 at 11:38 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 25, 2011 at 11:38 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)

The name for the HSBC Area has now officially changed. At a press conference Thursday afternoon, First Niagara bank officials announced the new name of the arena. The facility will called the "First Niagara Center" and the colors will be Sabres Blue and Gold.

Some facts about the history of the building:

Opened September 21, 1996 as Marine Midland Arena.

Name changed March 17, 1999 to HSBC Arena.

First Hockey Game: Sabres vs. Toronto September 21, 1996 (Pre-Season)

First Concert: The Goo Goo Dolls -September 28, 1996

Seating Capacities:

Hockey- 18,690
Basketball- 19,200

Private Suites: 80

Home of: Buffalo Sabres NHL/Buffalo Bandits NLL

Garage Parking Spaces: 1,100

Owner: Buffalo Sabres - Terry Pegula

Arena- Controlled by the Sabres, but owned by Erie County because it is on city land

Cost: $127.5 million - private and public financing

EWN Ed Reilly is covering the press conference and will have the latest tonight at 5 and 6pm.