Design & Development

Sabres’ KeyBank Center set for new roof

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KeyBank Center, home of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, will undergo renovation work ahead of the 2024-25 season, with a new roof to be fitted to the arena.

The venue will also receive a new state-of-the-art videoboard courtesy of Mitsubishi Electric. The videoboard will measure 27 feet by 43 feet, roughly double the size of the current board at KeyBank Center.

Other videoboard features will include four fully digital corner panels as well as two screens on the board’s underbelly to provide additional angles for fans in the lower rows.

The new roof installation will be overseen by Pike Construction Services, a company founded and operated in Western New York.

Sabres owner Terry Pegula said: “From an ownership perspective, I have put a great deal of thought and research into the fan experience over the last year and feel it is time to begin making gradual upgrades to our arena that will play a key role in enhancing game day for our fans.

“We are thrilled about the many projects we have in the pipeline, none bigger than a new videoboard that will be ready for the 2024-25 season. Along with business leadership, I will continue to evaluate areas to invest in the arena with the fan experience in mind.”

KeyBank Center opened in 1996 and is one of the older venues in the NHL. The arena has a capacity of around 19,000.

Pegula also owns the Buffalo Bills NFL team, which is currently building a new stadium that is due to open in 2026. The new Highmark Stadium will have a capacity of around 63,000, compared to the current stadium which seats 71,000 fans.