BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Sabres are working on plans to create an 'Alumni Plaza' in front of First Niagara Center.
2-On-Your-Side's Adam Benigni was first to report Wednesday that work will begin with a sculpture of the French Connection, the most famous line in Buffalo Sabres' history.
"History has always been an extremely important facet of our organization's philosophy," said Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black. "We hope this statue and the surrounding 'Alumni Plaza' will serve as a proper tribute to all the great players who have made this franchise what it is today, while also serving as an inspiration to future Sabres fans and players that will keep us a strong and successful team for years to come."
Sabres President Ted Black says the idea for the statue came from fans' suggestions over the past year.
"When the project was in its conceptual stage, Mr. Pegula made it very clear he wanted the statue to be based on an actual image as opposed to a fictional pose," said Sabres Vice President of Creative Services Frank Cravotta. "We were lucky to come across such a great photo that provided a great visual to work with."
Black also said Alumni Plaza is another piece of the Canalside puzzle and the Sabres' future on Buffalo's Waterfront.
A sculptor in Texas has already been hired to create the bronze statue, and it is currently be cast according to the Sabres.
The statue dedication is expected to happen in October.