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For Buffalonians, WNYers and those from Southern Ontario: A tribune to the Aud.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by micropolitan guy, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Say goodbye to an old friend this weekend. A huge, huge part of my youth.

    http://www.audfarewell.com/
     
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Re: For Buffalonians, WNYers and those from Southern Ontario

    Someone save me one of those Stanley Cup banners.
     
  3. JR

    JR Active Member

    Re: For Buffalonians, WNYers and those from Southern Ontario

    Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!

    Great old barn
     
  4. Madhavok

    Madhavok Active Member

    Re: For Buffalonians, WNYers and those from Southern Ontario

    My first NHL game was in that building. I believe it was during the second season of the LaFontaine-Mogilny era. Ahh.
     
  5. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Re: For Buffalonians, WNYers and those from Southern Ontario

    If you can find it somewhere on the web, our own Elliotte Friedman did a fantastic feature on the Aud last spring.
     
  6. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Re: For Buffalonians, WNYers and those from Southern Ontario

    Yes, he sent me that. It was classic. Maybe he can re-post it onm this thread if he checks in to check it out.

    The original Aud, before the balacony was added for the Sabres' second year, in 1971-72, was a super place. The big lobby, walking up those tunnels to the blues and grays, college basketball doubeheaders, the old AHL Bisons, the Braves ...
     
  7. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Wow.....a lot of history, but I'm glad it's receiving a proper send-off. I assume it's slated to be torn down. Has it been used for anything at all since the Sabres left?
     
  8. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Nope, There were plans to convert it into a Bass Pro or an Aquarium, but those fell through. I think it's being torn down and a smaller Bass Pro will be built there as well as parking for the Eric Canal locks historic district, etc.
     
  9. pseudo

    pseudo Well-Known Member

    Pretty sure it was posted here, right around the Winter Classic.
    Yeahhhh ...


    Still the only place I've ever seen an NHL game. The first one, when I was 12? Dad just happened to pick the night Gretzky broke the single-season goal-scoring record, and Perreault (not wanting to be upstaged on home ice) answered with a hat trick. Think I still have the souvenir pucks we bought that night.

    Nothing like sitting in the cheap seats and watching the fog -- combined with a cloud of cigarette smoke, I think -- descend as the game moved into the third period ...
     
  10. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Never saw a game at the Aud but I remember watching a lot of Sabres games from there on ch. 29 back in the day with Ted Darling and - I think - Jim Lorentz behind the mike.
     
  11. Re: For Buffalonians, WNYers and those from Southern Ontario: A tribune to the A

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    He weeps.
    (Note -- the Aud was host to great NBA games as well. Randy Smith may weep, too.)
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Versus did a short feature on the Aud when they were televising a Sabres game about a month ago. The arena still looks like it did when it closed, with some minor damage from the years of neglect.
     
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