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Postby Eagle » Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:19 am

The old War Memorial Auditorium....many a Niagara game played there to sellouts!


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Key Bank Arena

For some reason we don't play in Key Bank often...I think we should under DH's...


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Re: The Aud

Postby NU1971 » Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:21 pm

That place was full of tradition and when NU played Bona or Canisius, it could get violent. Extra cops were put on for those games, and often they were needed. I remember an adult fan yelling at a ref and following him down the sideline. The ref told a nearby cop to escort him out of the Aud.
Another time at a Canisius NU game, some NU students infiltrated the Griffs student section and one of them started swinging a crutch like a bat.
Then there was the Bona game in my senior year. Our cheerleaders put up a sign with tape in the highest section. An adult Bona fan ripped it down. An unnamed member of the pep squad promptly bought a large soda, ran up the ramps to the area and with help from a friend, pinpointed the offender. He was doused with said drink.
The tossee retreated back to the court and changed shirts. Though the now wet Bona fan had the cops with him, he couldn't locate the person who moistened his garb. By the way, that was the first time we beat Bona in that era, one year after Calvin graduated.
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Re: The Aud

Postby le » Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:50 am

Good stories Mr 1971.

pep squad promptly bought a large soda, r


U sure it wasn't beer?

The only AUD game I attended was a SJU game in 1979. I remember lots of partying downtown in Buffalo with a "big time" feel inside the AUD. I think George Johnson was playing for SJU back then.

My best stories re "violence" were at NU games at the Convention Center. It must of been 1976 playing Bona's at the NFCC. A future roommate of mine from Rockaway (NYC) was the purple eagle mascot on the floor. Knowing Steve M, I'm sure he was pretty lit up while engaging some Bonnies fans in some banter. Evidently, a Bona's student suckered him and broke his jaw, a bloody mess to say the least. Also, back in 79-80, Bonnies fans were giving us some shit on the floor behind one of the baskets. My roommate was picking a fight with these idiots, but I did the math and determined we were certainly outnumbered. Luckily, my girlfriend's roomie's boyfriend was dating a starting guard on the SU Football team. I yelled to John L, "get your sorry fat ass over hear now, we need some help asap. " Once John arrived with beer in hand, the Bonnies fans dispersed very quickly. HA HA HA . Also, my same roommate (Eagle's cuz) was cold cocked and knocked out the year before after the Bonnies game in the NFCC parking lot. The cowards ran away ..
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Re: The Aud

Postby efkay2u » Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:36 pm

Many, Many Many great memories of the AUD. WHen I was a lad my Dad would take me to the OLd Buffalo Hockey Bisons in the AHL. I could bore you all to tears on the great hockey I grew up with. The Cleveland Barons with the Glover Brothers (Freddie and Howie), Rochester Amerks, Springield Indians and the Providence Reds , Hershey Bears and Baltimore Clippers etc. MAny a fight that spread into the stands, Buffalo TPU Police unit called in. Instead of glass they used chicken wire and many a broken beer bottle hurled at the wire spreading beer on the ice. (ala Blues Brothers in the Country Bunker).

Niagara played in my freshman year (1972-73) as part of the doubleheaders with Canisius. I subsequently went to many Canisius games in the AUd up until closing (only 20 mins away from home).

Was a great facility, fantastic sight lines and a very steep slope in the orange seats (MY Mom as well as many other fans) would freak out climbing down the aisle in the oragnes to get to your seats. It really gave the illusion if you leaned to far forward you would tumble over the rail,

Just one more story (sorry to bore you all ) but in the picture of the AUd above the corner blue seats that wre well lit on the above railing for the oranges of you look carefully you may see a camera bucket hanging on the side. That was my Dads camera for the Buffalo braves Telecasts. In addition he was Audio for all of the Salabres home telecasts thru his retirement in 1980.
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Re: The Aud

Postby le » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:21 am

efkay : What was the average attendance for NU games back in the early and mid 70's at the AUD ? 7-10k ?
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Re: The Aud

Postby Eagle » Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:57 am

The Aud had great site lines, perhaps the best of any facility ever build.

Like efkay said, the upper seats were steep, steep. steep and you felt like you needed a seat belt to keep from falling on the floor.

When I was there we used to scalp tickets there was so much demand. I think the Aud held around 13,000 for b-ball. There was an argument with CC in the late 50" over game receipts and NU did not play Canisius from the '57-'58 season until the '66-'67 season.
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Re: The Aud

Postby efkay2u » Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:18 pm

le wrote:efkay : What was the average attendance for NU games back in the early and mid 70's at the AUD ? 7-10k ?


Trying to remember (Those were my College years :roll: :roll: ), however the 71-72 years I imagine had big crowds as that was the NIT season. NU played at the AUd for mt freshman season (DH with Canisius on Saturdays) and usually depending who the opponents were usually in the 5-10 k field. Bona and CC were big crowds of course.

One thing of note, Canisius owned Saturday Nights in the Aud which shut out the Buffalo Braves scheduling any NBA games during the College season, which was one of the myriad of reason that the Braves eventually left Buffalo (I could write a book). Braves were treated as ugly step cousins in the pecking order at the AUd and had to pay the Sabres though the wazoo for the privilege of playing there .

ALso bear in mind as Niagara was drawing big crowds in the Falls Convention Center the very foundation of the Griffins was rocked when they signed Larry Fogle . There was a recruiting scandal which rocked Canisius to the point when the Big East was evolving where Canisius was considering dropping down from D one because of the scandal. Nick Macarchuk was able to stabilize the program in the early 80's .

https://www.nytimes.com/1975/05/30/arch ... r-ban.html
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Re: The Aud / Fairfield venue

Postby le » Wed May 06, 2020 9:51 am

Link to a walk through of the new Fairfield Arena.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsSoJ4Oh6V0
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Re: The Aud / Fairfield venue

Postby MICKEY » Wed May 06, 2020 3:35 pm

Word on Fairfield board is the project will be delayed for one season. Interesting comments on Sacred Heart hockey facility as well.

https://fairfieldstags.proboards.com/th ... art-hockey
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Sacred Heart Venue

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