BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Newly named HARBORcenter President John Koelmel revealed updates about "hockey heaven" Wednesday, including naming the hotel anchor for the building.
HARBORcenter announced that they have reached an agreement with Marriott to be the hotel anchor at the complex. Marriott plans to build a 205-room hotel.
Marriott Chief Officer Kip Vreeland said, "We're excited about the commitment of Terry and Kim Pegula and all the folks at HARBORcenter. We look forward at taking this journey with you."
HARBORcenter is scheduled to open in September 2014 and the hotel will open in May 2015. Koelmel said Wednesday that the first class facility will have a first class hotel.
"We are very excited to work with the Pegulas, the HARBORcenter team, the Sabres organization, and Marriott in developing and operating this exciting property," said Lance Shaner, Chairman of the Shaner Companies. "We look forward to the hotel assisting in the growth of tourism in the downtown area and to help further establish Buffalo as one of the premier hockey markets in North America."
Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula rolled out the blueprint for HARBORcenter in September. There will be two new ice rinks, a hockey-themed upscale restaurant and bar in addition to retail space and a parking structure.
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