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HSBC and Dwyer arenas make grade during IIHF site visit

Members of USA Hockey, IIHF Event Director Hannes Ederer and IIHF Local Organizing Committee Chairman Tom Ahern conducted site tours of HSBC Arena and Niagara University's Dwyer Arena on Friday and were impressed with what they saw.

Other than the set up of medical and statistical rooms in both arenas, everything is good to go in both facilities. Ederer said HSBC Arena, if it had ice set up, could host the tournament immediately. Here are audio clips from the press conference at HSBC Arena, which included Team USA General Manager and former Olympian Jim Johansson.

The big items of interest, other than more than half of the 386,000 tickets available for the event having already been sold (good news considering sales usually pick up in the fall according to tournament officials), revealed during the press conference is the Buffalo Bisons volunteering to open Coca-Cola Field for a winter-wonderland venue for fans in between games. There will be an ice rink set up in the outfield, a broom ball tournament, curling exhibition, fireworks, live entertainment and a pavilion that will have food and beverage from around the world. USA Hockey Assistant Executive Director Mike Bertsch also said the estimated economic impact the tournament will have on Western New York is between $50 million and $100 million.

The first clip is fairly long with Ederer, Bertsch, Ahern and Johansson all taking turns at the podium. USA Hockey Senior Communications Director Dave Fischer acted as the emcee. The second audio clip is Ederer with the final clip of interview with Ahern. This is the raw unedited version of the audio.

---Miguel Rodriguez
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