I just toured the AUD as it sits right now (in fact, how it sat, a 1/2 hour or so ago). These are the snapshots I took as we toured the lower bowl, the hallways and up to the 'once 70s chic', AUD Club. Very cool.
The building has been open to the elements as the demolition continues. It was wet and cold and felt very sad, actually.
Empty and apocalyptic.
Entrance to the lower bowl.
Color section map.
Men's room by AUD Club entrance ("Sir, you need a sports coat to come in.")
Come down and relive your AUD memories... one more time!
The Final Salute to Memorial Auditorium Buffalo Convention Center Sat. Nov. 15th noon-4pm & 6-10 pm Sun. Nov 16th noon-6 pm
Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 25th at Tickets.com and Tops $5 adults, $3 students, children under 5- Free!
All paid attendees will receive a free limited edition commemorative "Memories of the Aud" program. Scheduled appearances include: the French Connection, Pat LaFontaine, past Buffalo Braves, Buffalo Blizzard and AHL Buffalo Bisons players! Relive memories on a giant video screen, free hockey clinics for ids, interactive game area and... the Aud seats will be on sale as well as special commerative items.
I was rummaging through a box of vintage Buffalo postcards someone had lent to me and I found this great old AUD postcard in the pile. This has to be from the 30s-40s, I am guessing. There is no other info on the back, it just says "Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY" at the top.
It looks so clean and new... click the image for a larger view.
Joseph E. Gambacorta founder of the Buffalo Hockey Museum and Experience has sent over these photos he took prior to the start of the last game at the AUD. He arrived 4 hours prior to the puck dropping and recorded the AUD in it's last "gettin' ready for a game" mode.
This, of course, was that last night in 1996 when Michael Peca scored the last game goal at the AUD & Pat Lafontaine put in a ceremonial goal after the 4-1 win over the Whalers.
If you have some photos from the last night in the AUD you can post them here (please do).