First Niagara Center: Buffalo Sabres “French Connection” Sculpture Base

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First Niagara Center: Buffalo Sabres “French Connection” Sculpture Base

Buffalo, NY
Year Completed
Building Type
New Build
The Buffalo Sabres

HHL Architects was selected by the Buffalo Sabres to design a base and information kiosk for a newly commissioned bronze sculpture of “The French Connection” (Gilbert Perrault, Rick Martin & Renè Robert), three (3) well-known iconic powerhouse members of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team in the 1970’s. The base is located just outside of the entry to the First Niagara Center Arena, home to the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, – in the center of the recently christened “Alumni Plaza” – which is located along Perry Street in the Canal District of Buffalo, NY.

The base is elevated slightly from grade, just enough to allow visitors and arena patrons to be closely engaged with and to look up to these larger-than life heroes of the cherished hockey team. The base is made of precast concrete panels and brick to reflect the material of the adjacent structures. A brushed stainless steel oval platform creates an image similar to ice to help contrast the dark bronze color of the sculptures while providing a somewhat realistic snapshot of the player’s action on ice.

HHL teamed with Available Light of NYC, to focus dramatic light up from the base and onto the figures, further highlighting this focal point both day & night. A stainless steel illuminated information kiosk provides visitors with details of the sculpture and was designed to conceal additional sculpture light fixtures within; BRD Construction constructed the base and helped to coordinate the installation.