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What piece of the Aud would you want?

AudhsbcWhen you grew up as a Buffalo child of the 70s like I did, it's hard to see the fence that now sits around the soon-to-be-demolished Aud and not think back to all those wild nights you spent in the old barn. Then I saw that demolition crews broke through the outer wall of Detroit's Tiger Stadium on Wednesday (click link to see a neat photo gallery). It had sat idle since 1999  -- Aud still has it beat by three years. And then I read Rick Reilly's column on about how Derek Jeter wants to swipe something before Yankee Stadium is torn down.

All these things shook me the other day, made me realize the Aud is definitely coming down, that 2008 is finally the year. It's sad but it's certainly time. I have one of those old "Pieces of the Rock" souvenirs they sold 20 years ago from War Memorial Stadium. Would love to get my hands on some Aud stuff too.

I know they're going to sell the blue seats and it looks like that's all we're going to have a chance at. But if you could get in there one more time, what would you really like to swipe from the Aud? A piece of the boards? A plate from the old scoreboard that says "Sabres"? One of those weird sound mufflers that always swayed on the ceiling? What?

---Mike Harrington

(Photo: Harry Scull/Buffalo News)

UPDATE: In the comments section PDSki posted a link to an amazing photo gallery taken inside the shuttered Aud. Obviously we don't condone breaking and entering but the pictures are terrific and I wanted to bring the link out here so more folks saw it. -- MH


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John Vogl

John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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