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Chart-topping MC J. Cole will bring his just-announced "KOD" tour to town at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in the KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza). The German-born Southern rap artist is hitting the road to support the like-titled album, which was released earlier this spring. The record recently broke Apple Music and Spotify's records for most first-day album streams. …

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Some key renovations completed at NHL arenas built in the 1990s, listing year of opening: Air Canada Centre, Toronto (1999) – 2008-2010: $48 million renovation of atrium, 30-50 foot video wall and outdoor plaza. $10 million upgrade in 2015, including new scoreboard. Amalie Arena, Tampa (1996) – $35 million renovation prior to 2012 Republican National Convention: Rebu…

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A whole segment of Sabres fans still talk about how the team is playing at "the new arena," a step up from the much-beloved Memorial Auditorium. But KeyBank Center, the fourth name of a building that opened in 1996, is hardly new anymore. Approaching 22 years old, it's in middle age in arena years and has fallen behind the other facilities constructed during the NHL's b…

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No firm plans have been made, no dates established. But the Buffalo Sabres agree with the groundswell of complaints from fans that work is needed in KeyBank Center. Complaints about the condition of the arena have exploded on social media this season as the prices of tickets, concessions and merchandise continue to rise. And while most observers agree fan discontent may…

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It will be a night of romance and glamour when André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra return to KeyBank Center for a performance at 8 p.m. Sept. 29. It is part of the Rieu's 11-date North American arena tour. Tickets are $113, $93, $73 and $53 and go on sale at 10 a.m. March 3 (box office, andrerieu.com, tickets.com, or by calling 888-223-6000). “I’m so excited …

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Los Angeles, Calif., metal band Metallica has been a stranger to Buffalo for nearly 10 years; the James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich-led band last stopped in November 2009 for a show at HSBC Arena. The wait is over for metal fans, however, as Metallica announced an Oct. 27 concert in KeyBank Center as part of its WorldWired Tour. Tickets, which range from $65 to $135, go…

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Sabres fans really aren't that demanding. Give them effort, give them goals, maybe give them a win once in a while and KeyBank Center can become fun. There probably weren't more than 11,000 in the house for Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay, with the city's fans voting with their feet that they didn't care to see the NHL's best team -- even for the $6 you could spe…

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We can argue ad nauseam about goalie interference or toenail challenges, or about the inconsistency of the Department of Player Safety (Credit Due Dept: They nailed it with that 10-game suspension for Alex Burrows' dirtbag attack of Taylor Hall). You can say skipping the Olympics is a disaster, I can say I'd rather watch the NHL season continue to play out. Those debate…

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The morning following Justin Timberlake's performance at Super Bowl LII, the "Man of the Woods" star announced a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in KeyBank Center. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 19, range from $53.50 to $229 and will be available online at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-223-6000. Leading off with "Man of the Woods" single "Filt…

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With Sunday's Royal Rumble still buzzing, the WWE is wasting no time in gearing up for the Road to Wrestlemania. Just weeks before the main event is played out on April 8 in New Orleans, WWE Live will hit Buffalo at 5 p.m. March 25 in the KeyBank Center (One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza). Wrestling fans can expect to catch WWE superstars the Miz, Roman Reigns, John Cena…

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What: 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Hockey Championship When: Dec. 26-Jan. 5 Where: 23 games at Key Bank Center; seven games at HarborCenter; outdoor game at New Era Field on Friday (3 p.m.) Participating teams: Group A – United States, Canada, Denmark, Slovakia, Finland. Group B – Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus. Co…

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Platinum R&B group Xscape will bring its headlining "Great Xscape Tour" to downtown Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in the KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza). Earlier this year, the Georgia-bred quartet, which released its last album in 1999, announced a reunion that would see the original members of the group together for the first time in nearly 20 years: Ka…

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Two games into a hockey season is no reason to panic but there's nevertheless a sense of growing concern in Pittsburgh, where the October schedule is really up against the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. They suffered a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday to St. Louis on Cup banner-raising night in PPG Paints Arena, then suffered the worst loss of the Sidney Crosby era…

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The Buffalo Sabres can control only so much on the ice. But they certainly can direct a lot of facets of the experience in and around KeyBank Center, and the team is embarking upon several new fan initiatives for the 2017-18 season. Gate giveaways, more organ music and less chatter during breaks in play, a monthly ticket pass and much more use of mobile applications are…

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Ed Sheeran is a big deal. A global superstar. He sells out arenas and stadiums around the world. His last album, “(Divide),” went No. 1 in nearly every country it was released. And Sunday night he played a nearly sold-out headlining gig at KeyBank Center – get this – all by himself. Just Sheeran, his guitar and a loop pedal. This foot-powered device allows him to layer …