There was speculation this could happen earlier this spring after the bids were submitted, and on Friday the NYSPHSAA voted to move the Division I and Division II state championships to the HARBORCENTER in Buffalo. All semifinals and finals will be played in the facility’s 1,800-seat First Niagara Rink.
The contract starts next March and runs through 2016.
Here’s something that no doubt helped seal the deal, the Buffalo Sabres are helping to sponsor the event. HARBORCENTER pursued the NYSPHSAA aggressively. The facility has a second rink for practice. A Marriott hotel property is attached. There is also a Tim Horton’s Cafe and Bake Shop.
It all sounds very nice. My one concern is distance, and my hope is that any team that makes it to Buffalo from Section 1 will be accompanied by a small crowd that includes classmates and not just parents.