The outside of the arena at the foot of Washington Street looks the same with its HSBC lettering, but things are changing inside First Niagara Center.
I was in the building Thursday night for the Keith Urban concert, and two changes inside the arena bowl were quickly evident. The scoreboard no longer has the Sabres' old "slug" logo hanging from the bottom. Also, the wall at the top of the 100 Level is no longer the tomato color. It's gold and blue to match the Sabres' colors.
Now, as a quick aside regarding the concert, here's a message to anyone who was in Section 207 and telling people to sit down: Really? Really? It's a concert. It's supposed to be fun and loud and, in the right situations, make you stand up and dance.
I have to concur with News music reviewer Jeff Miers on this one: If you want to sit idly by instead of participate in the festivities, buy the concert DVD and stay home on the couch. I'm sure the performers didn't sweat their guitar-playing fingers off in dive bars just so they could pack an arena and have 15,000 "fans" sit and produce golf claps.