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Old October 4th, 2005, 12:07 AM   #1
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BUFFALO - First Niagara Center (19,200)

The home of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres, one of my fav teams in the league (and the cheapest tickets in the NHL), the HSBC Arena, in downtown Buffalo, New York. The arena was built in 1996 at a cost of $127.5 million. Originally known as the Marine Midland Arena, it became the HSBC Arena and the Sabres made the 1998/99 Stanley Cup Finals in this building, only to lose to Dallas. It seats 18,690 for hockey and varies for concerts and other events. I have been to this arena 11 times in the last 3 years. Such an amazing arena to have so cheap tickets and so new too!





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Old October 4th, 2005, 12:09 AM   #2
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9/10. Love this arena as I said, even though the team could be better, and will be better this year, you'll see!
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Old October 4th, 2005, 02:43 AM   #3
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it's great for the city of Buffalo, basically what you'd expect for a smaller NHL team like the sabres. If the Sabres could sell the HSBC arena out every game, the atmosphere would be amazing, but when there's only like 11 000 people at the game (the time i went) it's not quite so exciting.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 07:14 PM   #4
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I'm a big fan of this arena. I like the big atrium and the numerous bars and cheap beer. I like the big bar in the one end that you can stand at while watching the game. Overall a very good arena. I gave it an 8.5. I wish the arena had spurred more development around it, but that is improving.
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Old October 18th, 2005, 07:20 PM   #5
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^ you're not the only one who's a fan of the arena. Want to go here a few times this year, but we'll have to see. I went there an astounding 7 times in 2003-04 and once in 2002-03 to see the Sabres. The games are so freaking cheap!
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Old May 6th, 2007, 03:12 AM   #6
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HSBC Arena in action!

Here is a video taken by a fan in the 4th row directly behind the Rangers bench, the fan catches a hugely important goal being scored and the resulting celebration. A little background for non NHL fans, this is the 5th game in the 2nd round of the playoffs (all rounds are 7 game series), the series is tied 2-2, The game was 1-0 Rangers despite the Sabres dominating the game (couldn't buy a goal!). This goal was scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation, forcing overtime (which the Sabres won )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4KFbJE_UzM
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Old May 6th, 2007, 09:49 AM   #7
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cool video, really shows how big an atmosphere there can be
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Seemed overrated to me...no offence. Just a lot of screaming...no atmosphere.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 04:22 PM   #9
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AWSOME, i was at Pearl Street grill for that game and it was unreal. The outside plaza party is good before the game but during you just really don't feel like standing in that big of a crowd. SABRES IN 6!!!
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Old May 6th, 2007, 06:47 PM   #10
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Seemed overrated to me...no offence. Just a lot of screaming...no atmosphere.
How can you say that when you only saw 10 seconds of play out of 65 minutes? No offence, but are you always this ignorant? This was a situation where the only thing that could be done was scream, they had just tied the game with 7.7 seconds left, then won it in OT making the series 3-2, this was a huge moment, not a moment to chant or provide enough "atmosphere" to please you. The atmosphere you wanted to see happened before this moment.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 08:24 PM   #11
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Atmosphere?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLTB-...elated&search=

Anfield on Wednesday night.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 09:56 PM   #12
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How can you say that when you only saw 10 seconds of play out of 65 minutes? No offence, but are you always this ignorant? This was a situation where the only thing that could be done was scream, they had just tied the game with 7.7 seconds left, then won it in OT making the series 3-2, this was a huge moment, not a moment to chant or provide enough "atmosphere" to please you. The atmosphere you wanted to see happened before this moment.
I did watch the game as a matter of fact. HSBC doesn't hold the noise level of say, a Bell Centre or RBC in Carolina. It's not people, it's acoustics.

Still, try going to a hockey game in Germany - then you'll understand proper atmosphere.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 01:37 AM   #13
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Or St Paul Minnesota, Wild games are something else. I'm not a hockey fan, but its still an absolute blast, even when its not the playoffs
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Old May 7th, 2007, 04:20 AM   #14
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Very true! I was surprise the highest sound level achieved was at a Canes' game. However, both the Saddledome and Rexall place have sound dampeners on the ceiling. If those weren't there I'm sure they would be at the top of the list. Personally, I think the Bell Centre has the best atmosphere in the NHL. Although at times it's louder in Edmonton and here in Calgary, the Bell Centre has a great atmosphere for the whole season; both the Dome and Rexall have some quiet nights.

I've never seen a game in Germany but I have watched Davos Cup games the crowd was amazing! If you put them in some of the NHL sized arena it would be nuts! The atmosphere in Davos was kind of surprising but after I thought about it it made sense. Sporting events are different in North America, as you can see in the video clips over here they just cheer and scream, or participate in generic chants. In Europe and other places they have unique chants and songs.

Here are some vids from the Dome during the playoffs:

Pre-game Chant


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Game Winning Goal Scored in Sudden Death Overtime (Eat your heart out Buffalo!)
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Old May 7th, 2007, 03:57 PM   #15
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Or St Paul Minnesota, Wild games are something else. I'm not a hockey fan, but its still an absolute blast, even when its not the playoffs
I've been to a game in Minnesota (Ducks vs. Wild, New Years Eve) It was like a mausoleum, not even half as noisy as Buffalo, or Edmonton, or any of the noisier buildings in the NHL.

Here are some videos I took...

http://www.emkayusa.com/videos/wild_goal1.wmv

http://www.emkayusa.com/videos/wild_goal3.wmv

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Old May 7th, 2007, 03:58 PM   #16
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I did watch the game as a matter of fact. HSBC doesn't hold the noise level of say, a Bell Centre or RBC in Carolina. It's not people, it's acoustics.

Still, try going to a hockey game in Germany - then you'll understand proper atmosphere.
RBC Center only claims to be loud, it's really not.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 04:32 PM   #17
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Apparently, I've been called out, so here comes the noise! Yes, in North America we pretty much just shout, and have some simple chants. In the playoffs (especially in citioes like Buffalo, NY, Edmonton, Calgary, where the fans are loud) the chants are frequent and loud, but it's the same chant over and over again. This is Buffalo's, I recorded this last year, it's so loud the mic is clipping.
www.emkayusa.com/misc/lgbflo.mp3

The Europeans have their songs and whatnot, but it's because of soccer, they just carry that over to hockey. But over here we never really developed songs because the sports are not the type where you have time to sing, there is too much going on. I don't know where people can find the time to sing at a hockey game, it's way too fast, we pretty much concentrate on the game. In football the crowd has a job to to, be very loud when the visitors have the ball, and be quiet when the home team has the ball, the reason for that is to disrupt signal calling, or make signal calling easy for your team. Basketball is like hockey, too much going on. Baseball is all about relaxing and watching the game.

The Infamous Line Brawl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x4eitLuA7w

The WINNING goal from game 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEymrwJoDvs

Some random regular season goal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsxAOrKAyno

"Lets Go Buffalo" chant....In RBC Center

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtVYKEXCLtg

"Lets Go Buffalo" chant...In Tampa Bay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgi4yD-hv3M
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Old May 7th, 2007, 04:42 PM   #18
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Lobby after game 1, this shows off our atrium as well...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiOGzMi0XKM
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Old May 8th, 2007, 01:55 AM   #19
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I see your HSBC arena, and raise you GM Place.

Pre-game:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Fs2c4o4wNqU

Anthem:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NsXMNkZGZgo

Turco, you suck!:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=beeDRaUzfDg

The GWG:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pYMKrhro2...elated&search=

The celebration:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=23i7g7k28jM
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Old May 8th, 2007, 03:29 AM   #20
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That's awesome! I love these videos by fans, can't get enough of them.
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