BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) All you have to say to sports fans in Western New York is, "The Aud," and you will hear about memories of their favorite sports and entertainment moments from the now demolished arena.
The War Memorial Auditorium was built in the 1930's as a public works project to put people to work, and create a sports arena in the City Of Buffalo.
The Aud opened on October 14, 1940 and was renovated in 1970 and 1990. It was closed in 1996 following the conclusion of the Sabres', Bandits' and Blizzard's seasons, and remained vacant until its demolition in late 2008 and early 2009.
The Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball team will honor the memory of "The Aud" at the game Saturday night at Buffalo's Coca Cola Field.
The first 4,000 fans to arrive through the Swan Street entrance will receive a replica of "The Aud." The game is a 7:05pm start pitting the Bisons against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased at www.bisons.com or at the stadium box office.
Bisons public relations manager Brad Bisbing offered the first look at "The Aud" replica on Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning" with Ginger Geoffery. Click the video to see more!
Channel 7 is a proud co-sponsor of the Bisons night, along with Hamburg Door and Liftmaster.
Here is more history on "The Aud" as printed in Wikipedia:
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium (also known as The Aud) was an indoor arena in downtown Buffalo, New York. It hosted the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL, the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL, the Buffalo Braves of the NBA, the Buffalo Stallions of MSL, the Buffalo Bandits of MILL, the Buffalo Blizzard of the second NPSL and the Buffalo Stampede of RHI. It also held a number an NCAA basketball games, as well as numerous entertainment events, such as concerts, the Ringling Brothers circus and Disney on Ice.