“We want to become the development destination for players and coaches around the world.” – Kevyn Adams
The Boston Globe just ran a piece on Buffalo’s hometown hockey aspirations, and Pegula’s intentions to turn this city into a hockey mecca. Ultimately, a comprehensive project of this magnitude will do more than bring hockey culture to Buffalo – it will also brand Buffalo as a hockey town where great players are churned out. Combined with the best coaches, training methods, and technology, along with the rinks (open to the public at times), the equipment and the passion – the $200 million construction project is on schedule to open as a game changer for the Inner Harbor, the Cobblestone District and a key final stop along the Metro Rail (DL&W Station next please?) Once the project is completed, it will go a long way towards improving the urban core’s feeling of desolation when a game lets out, by converting one of the largest parking lots into a center filled with a range of activities that people can simply walk to, which might retain some fans that would normally just pile onto The Metro Rail or into their cars to get home. Combined with traffic back on Main Street, HarborCenter will become the anchor along a spine that has been out of commission for far too long.