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NEW FOOD OPTIONS & SUITE RENOVATIONS COME TO FIRST NIAGARA CENTER

Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 3:53 PM
By Alex Pagliano - Digital Content Intern / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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BEYOND THE BOARDS
NEW FOOD OPTIONS & SUITE RENOVATIONS COME TO FIRST NIAGARA CENTER
Executive Chef Scott Green

Over the past year, the Buffalo Sabres have made several conspicuous changes. Outside of the construction for the behemoth $172 million dollar HARBORCenter project, the team has redesigned wayfinder signage and murals throughout the arena concourse. Adherent to that theme, it should come as no surprise that the team has enhanced their menu items.

Tuesday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres and Delaware North Companies/SportService announced the annexation of several new menu items to enhance the First Niagara Center experience.

First Niagara Center Executive Chef Scott Green introduced a collection of several new items to the concessions menu. Green challenged his team of chefs to improve upon the menu from the previous season. “At the end of last year, we [did] an assessment of what happened during the year. [We looked] at what worked and did not work. We looked at new trends and tested them out during the summer. From there, we test them out and see what works and then we develop our menu,” Green commented.

Of the highlighted trends, the Sabres are prominently featuring several new seafood dishes. Fans with access to the suites will be able to order individual portions of crab cakes, bubbling crab dip (crostini and pita salad) and the chicken and shrimp jambalaya (peppers, onions, tomato, spicy sauce and Cajun rice). The Lexus Club will also feature a local favorite, pepper dusted walleye (lemon-poached butter beans, Swiss chard and tomato jus). General concessions will offer shrimp tacos (spicy garlic shrimp, house-made jalapeno coleslaw, served on warm flour tortillas and served with chili lime aioli).

The team also has developed some new concepts from local favorites. Suiteholders will be able to order boneless and traditional chicken wings. The Lexus Club has added a flavorful beef on weck (served with Pommes frites, lettuce, tomato, pickled carrot and onion) and a buffalo-chicken themed Juicy Lucy burger. Fans in the 200 Level Harbour Club can enjoy an always-fresh bacon cheeseburger (fresh beef patty, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato) featured on a Costanzo's Kaiser roll. In general concessions, fans can try the ‘The Big Puck.’ Intended to be shared, ‘The Big Puck’ is a 16-ounce steak burger with a pound of toppings (American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle chips and a special Sabre sauce) and a pound of French fries.

The organization also announced the renovation of suites. As part of a three-year multi-million dollar renovation process, nearly 20 suites have been renovated for the 2013-2014 season. Renovations include the installation of new seats and flat-screen televisions. “So far, [the renovations] have been met with tremendous response from our suiteholders,” remarked John Livsey, Sabres VP/Sales and Business Development.

Fans will be able to experience the improvements when the Sabres open the home portion of their schedule on Friday, October 4 against Ottawa.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82