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About Championship Village


Fans coming to town for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship will be treated to a unique outdoor experience at Canalside when they explore Championship Village, which opens Dec. 22.

Championship Headquarters, a 51-by-131-foot climate-controlled structure, will anchor the village and will feature live music, DJs, autograph signings, interactive games, a variety of food offerings from (716) Food and Sport, and more. Products from Labatt Blue, the official beer partner of Championship Village, will also be available.

The Zippo Warming Area will be serving up hot beverages, fun interactive games and more.

Be on the lookout for interactive photo opportunities and taste the best that Buffalo’s food trucks have to offer as well.

A hockey skills competition will also take place over the duration of the tournament and feature an updated leaderboard so be sure to stop down and put your talents to the test.

Thrill seekers will want to check out “Snowzilla,” an artificial toboggan slide that stands 40 feet high, and is the only attraction of its kind in North America, that will be on site for the duration of the tournament.

Championship Village will take place at Canalside, downtown Buffalo’s picturesque waterfront location that resides next door to both KeyBank Center and HarborCenter.


PLEASE NOTE: FOLLOWING THE EVENING GAME AT KEYBANK CENTER, THE HEADQUARTERS TENT AT CHAMPIONSHIP VILLAGE WILL REMAIN OPEN AND BE PROGRAMMED WITH LIVE MUSICAL ACTS AND DJs.

Date Hours of Operation Stage Programming
Fri., Dec. 22 3-8pm (Tent closes at 8pm) 5pm: DJ Milk
Sat., Dec. 23 10am-5pm (Tent closes at 5pm) 1pm: Scott Celani Band
Sun., Dec. 24 10am-3pm (Tent closes at 3pm) N/A
Mon., Dec. 25 CLOSED N/A
Tues., Dec. 26 11am-8pm (Tent open until midnight) 2pm: Strictly Hip / 6pm: Strictly Hip / 9:30pm: DJ Milk
Wed., Dec. 27 11am-8pm (Tent open until midnight) 5pm: Strictly Hip / 9:30pm: Strictly Hip
Thurs., Dec. 28 11am-8pm (Tent open until midnight) 2pm: DJ Milk / 6pm: K-RIDE / 10pm: K-RIDE
Fri., Dec. 29 10am-8pm (Tent open until 10pm) 6pm: Scott Celani Band
Sat., Dec. 30 10am-8pm (Tent open until midnight) 2pm: DJ Milk / 6pm: West /Mark / 10pm: West /Mark
Sun., Dec. 31 11am-8pm (Tent closes at 8pm) 12pm: DJ Milk
Mon., Jan. 1 10am-8pm (Tent closes at 10pm) 12pm: Party Squad / 4pm: Nay & Jay (Duo)
Tues., Jan. 2 11am-8pm (Tent open until midnight) 2pm: Zak Ward Band / 6:30pm: Strictly Hip
Wed., Jan. 3 CLOSED N/A
Thurs., Jan. 4 1-8pm (Tent open until midnight) 1pm: Zak Ward / 6pm: The NayJays / 10pm: The NayJays
Fri., Jan. 5 1-8pm (Tent open until midnight) 2pm: Vin Derosa / 6pm: DJ Milk / 10pm: DJ Milk

*EVENT MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CLOSE CHAMPIONSHIP VILLAGE PRIOR TO THE ADVERTISED HOURS OF OPERATION IF IT IS DEEMED NECESSARY AT THAT TIME.