The Aud.

TimeLine History of Memorial Auditorium:

§      1938: city officials applied for the funds needed to build the new structure

§      1939: construction began on November 30 as a public works project

§      1940: Memorial Auditorium opened its doors and the American Hockey League’s Buffalo Bisons played its inaugural season

§      1946:  The National Basketball League’s Buffalo Bisons played its first and only season at the Aud.

§      1957: Elvis Presley rocked the house

§      1960: JFK’s presidential rally

§      1970: Buffalo Bisons hockey played its last season by winning the Calder Cup Championship. The Aud was also renovated leading to the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and NBA’s Buffalo Braves’ opening seasons.

§      1975: Stanley Cup Final

§      1978: The NBA’s Buffalo Braves played their last season at the Aud when they relocated to Los Angeles where they became the LA Clippers.

§      1982: Frank Sinatra and his Ol’ Blue Eyes and Wayne Gretzky breaks record for the most goals in on season

§      1986: Gilbert Perreault scores his 500th goal

§      1996: Bandits win the World Championship and LaFontaine closes the Aud

§      2009: Demolition of the Aud.

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