Thursday, October 30, 2008

Goodbye, Old Friend & more
Website news:
The official Buffalo Hockey Experience + Museum website is live, click here.
The official website for the AUD Farewell Event is up as well, click here too!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The AUD today- Oct. 21, 2008

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.")

Turnstiles by entrance.

Willcall for picking up tickets.

AUD Club center stairs.

AUD Club hallway wall.

Steps up, way up....

From the bowl.

Fan on the tour uncovering floor graphic.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Farewell, Old Friend

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 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.

This event will also feature a display for the Buffalo Hockey Experience and Museum!

The City of Buffalo has issued a Press Release about the event- read it here.

NOTICE- the Farewell, Old Friend event logo is using the same image from the vintage postcard below.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Back in The Day....

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.

Monday, October 13, 2008

And The Walls Come Tumblin Down- Deconstruction Begins (Yikes!)

Current AUD deconstruction photos found here on flickr this week:

> Broken Gargoyle's photos from Oct 2:
Back wall of the Aud facing the new HSBC arena (raw and sad image)
Inside of main lobby from just 2 weeks ago, these are shocking as well- click here.

> Romeo Vixen's set of The Buffalo Aud (some from Sept).

> Notes rom the Blogosphere: Getting Caught From Behind (subtitled: An attempt to be humorous and logical about the Buffalo Sports Scene) has some text about AUD deconstruction from Sept 30, 2008.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Photos from Last Game at The Aud (before the game)

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).