Buffalo's downtown hockey complex set to open; Tim Hortons doughnut shop gets early start

Associated Press

Two of Buffalo's favorite things — doughnuts and hockey — are headlining the opening of the city's new downtown sports, dining and hospitality complex.

The $170 million HarborCenter officially opens its doors Thursday afternoon, but the property's new Tim Hortons Cafe and Bakeshop opened at 6 a.m. Thursday. The Ontario, Canada-based chain with dozens of locations in western New York was started by a former player for the Buffalo Sabres, who play next door at First Niagara Center.

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The first sports event at the complex will be held at one of the HarborCenter's two hockey rinks when Canisius College of Buffalo hosts Ohio State Friday night.

A Marriott hotel is scheduled to open at HarborCenter next year.

HarborCenter was privately funded by Sabres and Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula.