State Ice Hockey Championships Create Economic Boost
BUFFALO, N.Y. – March 9, 2018 – The New York State Public High School Boys Ice Hockey Championships return to HarborCenter in Buffalo for a third straight year. Each year this event generates approximately 400 hotel room nights and $610,500 in economic impact. HarborCenter is a state-of-the-art facility and the premier hockey destination in the Northeast, creating a one of a kind experience for athletes and spectators.
With the success of hosting the 2016 and 2017 Championships, Buffalo and HarborCenter were awarded an extension to host in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
On Saturday, March 10 the division 1 semifinals will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., followed by the division 2 semifinals at 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11 will feature the division 1 finals at 12:00 p.m., followed by the division 2 finals at 3:00 p.m. The award presentations will follow each final championship game.
“Buffalo continues to be a natural fit to host the NYSPHSAA Boys Ice Hockey Championships. The collaboration and efforts of the local organizers have exceeded expectations and have created a high-class event. We are looking forward to showcasing all the positive development in Buffalo and our premier facility at HarborCenter for the next three years,” said Timm Slade, Executive Director, Section VI, NYSPHSAA, Inc.
“We are thrilled to welcome back NYSPHSAA for 2018 Ice Hockey Championships at HarborCenter. At HarborCenter, we pride ourselves in providing the highest level of service to produce quality tournaments and hallmark events. This Championship is one we have looked forward to each year and are honored to be named the host facility for 2019-2021,” said Nik Fattey, VP, Director of Hockey, HarborCenter.
“We’re delighted that the NYPSHSAA Boys Ice Hockey Championship has found a home in Buffalo and continues to return here year after year,” Visit Buffalo Niagara and Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission President and CEO Patrick Kaler said. “It’s just one more example of our destination’s growing reputation as a first-rate site for amateur athletic events.”
The NYSPHSAA Ice Hockey Championships are a ticketed event. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door for $8.00 per ticket. For more information on the Championship, visit: http://nysphsaa.org/Sports/Ice-Hockey-Boys/Championship-Central
The Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission is a subsidiary of Visit Buffalo Niagara that promotes Buffalo and Erie County nationally and internationally as a premier sports tourism destination for the economic benefit of the community by boosting hotel occupancy and encouraging visitor spending. www.visitbuffaloniagara.com/buffalosportscommission
NYSPHSAA, established in 1923 is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of is member schools. The organization strives to bring consistency to eligibility rules and conduct top notch tournaments across the state. http://nysphsaa.org/
HarborCenter is a state-of-the-art mixed-use development created by Pegula Sports & Entertainment in 2014. The complex features two NHL-size ice rinks with a seating capacity of 1,800+, a 205 room Buffalo Marriott Hotel, 716 Food & Sport, IMPACT Sports Performance, Academy of Hockey, Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop and a 750 parking structure. The HarborCenter is connected to the KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres. http://www.harborcenter.com/