Photos from the Aud

These photos were taken while we were attending what will be one of the final media tours of the Aud. More photos and a feature story will be in the November issue of Buffalo Rising.


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More pictures can be see at this Flickr page
More cool photos from the aud via- Watch84.com

From Sitler:
“There was nothing like the sitelines of The Aud…felt like you were on top of the action. Oh the Sabres games, 1980′s heavy metal concerts, Bandits games, and so much more. Still miss this place a dozen years later.”

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22 comments
4213
4213

As it gets ripped down my feelings are mixed. I had so much fun there watching the Sabres when I was a kid and going to the Shrine circus with my grand parents. I'm excited to see something done with the site but still sad to see it go. Part of me didn't even want to look at these pictures. Its like having a family member pass away and not wanting to see the body. Just want to remember them the way they were.

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6230

I have tons of memories of such pre-Internet places as baseball games with my Dad at Offerman Stadium downtown, the Civic Stadium/Old Rock Pile, and The Aud where my husband-to-be taught me about hockey, the importance of winning the Stanley Cup, watching that ice smoother machine for the first time with the man who invented it riding it--Mr. Zamboni. (I know that Zamboni became the name of the machine itself, but we remember watching the driver's nameless but neat new machine in action for the first time.)

But my most recent memories of the Aud are of the bygone days when our teenagers deciding that I deliberately set out to destroy those godawful, 100% shrinkable cotton, irregular white-dyed-black rock group T-shirts they paid much too much for--heck, that they paid anything for! cause they just hada have 'em!

We joked about those days recently--now that they comprehend what those promoters sold to gullible kids--and that the stuff kids buy today are still wayyy tooo overpriced while being made of quality material.

6641
6641

Sabres 12, Russians 6 - absolutely electric

7717
7717

speaking of craig ramsey...remember those wicked side burns?

2544
2544

I can still see Buffalo Jack kicking those balls up into the crowd.......good times for sure. Thank you

589
589

Speaking of great birthdays... My Dad and I attended a game on my 10th or 11th Birthday. I wanted to stay and get an autopraph or two, Craig Ramsey was in his first season, might even have been his first game. I approached him in the lobby to tell him it was my birthday and could I get an autograph. He was carrying his game stick and he immediately signed it for me and gave it to me, he was a childhood hero ever since

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In the 1980s, a few of us got comp tickets to a heavy metal concert. The band shall remain nameless because that wasn't the reason we went to the concert. No, we were promised all the liquor we could drink and front row seats. Front row seats are usually a good thing, but not at a heavy metal concert. We were positioned within a few feet of the very large speakers that were bigger than any of us and we had to drink heavily just to numb the sound. After the concert, we had backstage passes and met a lot of people. Of course, by that time we couldn't hear a thing. It was like watching TV with the sound off. As we walked out of the Aud onto Main Street on that warm summer night, we had to accept that we just experienced permanent partial hearing loss. Memories. Thank you, Memorial Auditorium.

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822

1. When I was 8, my cousins and I bought season tickets for the Stallions. They cost something ridiculous like $20, and we sat in the first row of the oranges. As budding soccer hooligans, we'd make paper airplanes and throw them down at the crowd below. I also remember that there was something hilarious about Stallions GK Paul Maxi's name, but I wasn't sure what it was.

2. Security at the Aud was terrible, thankfully. I remember simply walking into the press box to grab programs, stat sheets, etc. And one time, a friend of mine were able to follow Wayene Gretzky down the tunnel outside the locker rooms, letting him know how much he sucked. We were 9 or 10 at the time, so maybe we can be forgiven for such sacrilege.

3. I loved the old black and white tvs in the upper blues.

7717
7717

oh,...and the fog

7717
7717

I'm gonna miss the aud ...and the french connection. Korab, Schonfield on defense and Crozier/Desjardins in goal.

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4165

My fondest Aud memory? Aside from May Day, 13-3 win over Ottawa, Calgary brawl, Bandits/ roller hockey championships, first playoff game, etc. there are a few that stand out.

I was 10 years old and got a certified letter in the mail. Any mail is exciting for a kid, especially one that needs to be signed for - ok, my parents were probably a little less enthused.

Anyways, the letter was from the Sabres. I won a contest and had been chosen as 1 of the kids who would each represent an NHL team during a 75th anniversary ceremony before a game. Before the game they gave us a behind the scenes tour, we got to go into the locker room to meet the players. They handed out our jerseys (i represented the Islanders) and our 75th anniversary flag. We marched onto the ice as they announced our name over the PA and stood there proudly for the national anthems. Oh, we won the game too.

Another time my pestering paid off with a program. As I was flipping through I noticed one of my pages had a stamp and that could only mean 1 thing - I won a prize. (trust me I dont win everything, these are fond memories for a reason) I could care less about the prize, it was on an Avis Lube ad and I knew it was car related (guess the $3 paid off for my dad with a free tune-up/oil change) The only thing i cared about was that I knew it meant I got to go up to the pressbox. As any normal kid would do when presented the opportunity, I siezed the moment and ran over to meet Rick Jeanneret while my dad was signing whatever paper he needed to. I was officially the luckiest person in the world.

Finally, my very first trip to the Aud really stands out. Was nothing glamourous, rather just really special. It was either my 7th or 8th birthday, Mom woke me up that morning and said she had something special planned and told me to make sure I didn't get on the bus after school. I can still remember that anxious feeling I had all day. After school she picks me up and we drive downtown. Trust me, I wouldve been happy as day with just that. See, when I was a kid I used to beg my parents to drive me downtown. Not for any particular reason, I just liked looking at all of the tall buildings and feeling the buzz of the traffic. I knew this trip was different the second she parked the car. We got out and walked around looking at the buildings and talking (now my birthday is in January, so she was really going out of her way to make it special for me) We had dinner someplace and I was the happiest boy in the world. She gave me my present, a pair of binoculars, how cool! I assumed this was my suprise until she threw in 'you'll need those where we're going.' Very confusing and as hard as I tried she wouldnt spill the beans. We drove over to the Aud and she said that was it. I had no clue what the building was but there sure were lots of people walking into it. Now let me tell you, those electric atmospheres during a playoff game don't compare to the feeling I had as a young child walking into the Aud for the first time. I was completely mesmerized. The event was Disney on Ice. And it was truly the perfect birthday.

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I was just about to mention the Aud Club.

Sabres games, and feeling like I was in the front row despite being up in the blues.

589
589

Favorite memories of the Aud any one? Prior to professional sports putting such a financial strangle hold on their loyal customers?

My personal tops were:

The French Connection,

Rick Martin's hat trick in the NHL All Star Game

Fans chanting "Thank YOU Sabres"

Schoenfeld vs. Cashman, going through the boards

Randy Smith

Stones concert

Bowie concert

Gilbert going end to end (so many times I can not count)

That God awful roasted, toasted beef at the Aud Club

Yours?

7699
7699

No other Venue will ever be like the Aud, it will be greatly missed. I know everytime I go to HSBC arena now I think of how much different it is compared to the Aud. In the Aud you were part of the action because you were so close to everything and the place was so loud, HSBC arena will never have that feel, for better and worse.

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2917

So long old friend. When I was a kid, I was terrified to go into the nosebleeds, I was convinced I would go tumbling down the aisles! Saw quite a few great concerts there too...

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3724

I loved the Aud.

Many concert memories. Genesis, Yes, Chicago, Jethro Tull, The Police, Rush, Triumph, Phil Collins, Robert Plant, etc... . Remember the smell in the Aud at a concert?

Many Sabres memories also. May Day, May Day, May Day!

The Aud was a great place. But it is time to move on.

Knock it down and move forward, Buffalo.

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547
547

thanks for the pictures.

6690
6690

The demolition of the limestone, late Deco facade is a crime and a complete missed opportunity.

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7726

There was nothing like the sitelines of The Aud...felt like you were on top of the action. Oh the Sabres games, 1980's heavy metal concerts, Bandits games, and so much more. Still miss this place a dozen years later.

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6937

I loved that place, but it'll be great to see that site redeveloped after demo

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2874

Wow, this is cool, but rather bittersweet when you realize it's a last look at a piece of Buffalo history. Thanks for the great photos!

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