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General

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.

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.

Demolition

In the mid-2000s, plans were in the works to renovate The Aud and re-purpose it as a Bass Pro Shops store; however on March 29, 2007, these plans were officially abandoned. Instead, it was announced that Bass Pro was to construct a new building on the site of the to-be-demolished auditorium. In December 2007, the Aud was sold by the city of Buffalo to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation for $1 in hopes that it would move along asbestos removal and demolition. All salvageable items were to be sold, stored, or removed before demolition began. The sales of these artifacts, especially of seats, will help pay for a memorial to the Aud. The salvaged items include art deco flag holders, limestone eagles, and a time capsule. Also salvaged from the Aud were a number of "blue" and "orange" level seats, which were then auctioned off.

Asbestos removal and other environmental remediation was performed in preparation for the demolition in late 2008. Major demolition of the Aud began in January 2009. On February 9, 2009, the "Buffalo Memorial Auditorium" edifice that sat above the main entrances was torn down. Much of the front of the Aud was torn down that same month. The entirety of the demolition is expected to cost $10 million The formal "Farewell Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Ceremony" was held on June 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM. The copper box time capsule was also opened. The final standing pieces of the Aud came down in early July 2009. Bass Pro announced in February 2010 that it was no longer pursuing a superstore in Buffalo, leaving the former site of the Aud vacant.

Television Programs

Date Event Attendance
January 7, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
January 14, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
January 21, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
January 28, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
February 4, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
February 11, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
February 18, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
February 25, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
March 4, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
March 18, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
March 25, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
April 1, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
April 8, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
May 6, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
September 30, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
October 7, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
October 14, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
October 21, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
October 28, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
November 4, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
November 11, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
December 2, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
December 9, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
December 16, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
December 28, 1955NWA Upstate eventUnknown
June 2, 1987 WWF Superstars Unknown
June 2, 1987 WWF Superstars Unknown
June 2, 1987 WWF Superstars Unknown



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