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4 minutes ago, I Remember Imlach said:

I'm just curious as someone who attended the first Sabre home game in '70 (we lost to Montreal):  how many posters here in the Aud Club remember going to a game in the Aud?

I remember going to the Aud as a kid, but don't remember the game. Probably around '94. We were sitting a couple rows from the top, and I remember being terrified of that near vertical climb.

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Only 1 hockey game but used save coupons on back of milk cartons and go to 2-3 Braves games a year sitting in the oranges, man those were nose bleeds!

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I have been to many Sabres games in Buffalo (lost count really ... 10+).  Every single one of them in that greatest of the great arenas ... The Aud.

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20 minutes ago, North Buffalo said:

Only 1 hockey game but used save coupons on back of milk cartons and go to 2-3 Braves games a year sitting in the oranges, man those were nose bleeds!

I'd forgotten about that!  The Braves had to push really hard for attendance in those days.

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14 minutes ago, I Remember Imlach said:

I'm just curious as someone who attended the first Sabre home game in '70 (we lost to Montreal):  how many posters here in the Aud Club remember going to a game in the Aud?

Me!  I remember going to a Blue/Gold game in like 1984 as my first time.  I used to call in to WBEN sports trivia during the John Murphy show as a kid so I could win tickets and make my father take me.  I'd win about once a season.  I remember going to playoff games as a high school kid in 1993.  I went to game 3 v. the Bruins and games 3 and 4 v. Montreal.  I sat with a buddy of mine in the 2nd row of the oranges for Montreal, we had SRO tickets for Boston.  SRO was sooo much fun, it was an excuse to be loud and obnoxious.  Awesome. 

I was at Sabres/Devils game 6 that went way into the night.  I couldn't drive yet and my Dad drove me to the game and dropped me off.  The deal was he would come back at the end of the game and pick me up outside.  Of course this was before ubiquitous cell phones etc.  And then the game didn't end and kept not ending.  The way my Dad tells the story he was sitting outside in the car listening on the radio from halfway through the third period until about 10 minutes before the winning goal.  He knew I wasn't going to come out on my own and he got fed up with waiting so he walked into the building, by which point was totally unmanned at the entrances, and was working his way up to the oranges to physically remove me from the building when Hannan potted the winner.

I remember going to Disney on Ice as a little little kid.

I remember having my Senior Prom in the Aud Club in 1995. 

I remember seeing arena football in the Aud and busting Don Postles' balls outside the arena on the way in.

I remember seeing Smashing Pumpkins at the Aud the summer before my family moved out of WNY.

I remember the smell of that place.  I remember the big Buffalo medallion that hung in the lobby that now lives in some contractor's rec room.  I remember the Sabres ticket booth with the manual lettered sign telling you who they were playing next.  I remember how it always felt like hockey even if you were there for something else.  I remember the dark crowded hallways and horrible bathrooms.  I remember the seemingly endless walk through a labyrinth to get to the oranges.  I remember how exciting it was to finally get to the top and then fearing for my life walking down the steepest set of stairs on Earth.  I remember looking at the banners in the rafters and wondering what all the cigarette butts were for.

I loved that place and I seriously miss the atmosphere that was generated there. 

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Never went to a game, but I did go to the circus there was I was young. I've said this before, but really my only memory of that place was my mother holding my hand like grim death as we walked down the oranges to our seats.

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39 minutes ago, North Buffalo said:

Only 1 hockey game but used save coupons on back of milk cartons and go to 2-3 Braves games a year sitting in the oranges, man those were nose bleeds!

Wendt's milk!  Did you cut out the little player cards they printed on the milk cartons too?  I have a Jacques Cloutier, Hannu Virta and Paul Cyr sitting around here somewhere.

They looked sort of like this

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27 minutes ago, North Buffalo said:

Only 1 hockey game but used save coupons on back of milk cartons and go to 2-3 Braves games a year sitting in the oranges, man those were nose bleeds!

Started going to the Sabres/Braves games in 72-73 seasons.  I remember getting discounted orange tickets but don't remember how.

I do remember, "That's 2 for McAdooooooooooooo"!

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My Dad had partial seasons at The Aud, in the blues, near center ice... went to probably 7 or 8 games a year from 1980-90 until I went away to college.

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Went to a couple Bisons games in their last season and countless Sabres games at the Aud until I moved out of NYS in '83.

My first Sabres game was late season against the Blues. It was a weeknight, but cub scouts night. Since I had school thenext day, Dad took me home at the end of the second period. Bert broke the rookie goal record in the third period.

I lived within walking distance of the Main Street bus line. Collected many milk cartons and rode the bus with my buddies to watch the Braves.

What a magnificent barn that was - I even remember the gray seats and the orange addition.  

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Steep no chair partially in front felt like you were climbing up just to get out.

16 minutes ago, Cheektorado said:

Aud orange seats.jpg

 

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Senior Prom in 1995 ... ssshhhheeeesssssshhhhh ........

I have socks and underware older than that.

(insert winkie - winkie thingie here)

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One of the best regular season games I ever saw in the Aud was in '87 against the Oilers on MLK Jr. day.  Scotty Arniel won it in OT.  I was beside myself with joy.  Not only for the rare win that year (especially against the Oilers), but so I could redeem my ticket stub for a free whopper!

I also have very fond memories of wandering the halls during the Sabre carnivals.  Oh what a joy that was!

As others have said above, I still can remember the smell of the place, the weird ramps, the bats that were in the trees outside the building, and staircases that you had to repel down to get to your seats in the oranges.

I miss the sounds of whistling instead of booing (why don't we do that anymore?) and Milt Ellis's voice booming across the Aud announcing the winning Perry's Ice Cream thing from the program.

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Actually played some high school games there too 1988-90, Super Sunday!   But I'll never forget the first time I played there, I was 7 or 8 years old I think, 1980'ish.     Played in one of those between period games that lasted just a few minutes, with the entire team on the ice at the same time.    Still remember it like yesterday, was probably the most thrilling moment of my playing career haha.

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I remember going to the Aud as a young little whippersnapper many a times. My dad had season tickets in the last row of the oranges behind the goalie. He also got them in the Marine Midlan arena. 

 

The one game game that sticks out to me we were in the front row behind the goal judge. I played half the game next to the boards not really watching the game and the goal judge gave me a bunch of Sabres stickers. 

I also remember a game where Rob Ray dropped his gloves I want to say three times and smashed his opponents. That day is when he became my favorite player. Later on I Hasek was my number 2 I started out thinking he was the luckiest goalie in the world do to his flopping around style, to him being the greatest goalie to play the game. 

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7 minutes ago, DHawerchuk10 said:

One of the best regular season games I ever saw in the Aud was in '87 against the Oilers on MLK Jr. day.  Scotty Arniel won it in OT.  I was beside myself with joy.  Not only for the rare win that year (especially against the Oilers), but so I could redeem my ticket stub for a free whopper!

I also have very fond memories of wandering the halls during the Sabre carnivals.  Oh what a joy that was!

As others have said above, I still can remember the smell of the place, the weird ramps, the bats that were in the trees outside the building, and staircases that you had to repel down to get to your seats in the oranges.

I miss the sounds of whistling instead of booing (why don't we do that anymore?) and Milt Ellis's voice booming across the Aud announcing the winning Perry's Ice Cream thing from the program.

Milt Ellis: http://www.staffannouncer.com/milt/audio/pearsonpenalty.WMA

I announce at my son's game this way.  Nobody else knows it, but I do. 🙂

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8 minutes ago, pi2000 said:

Played in one of those between period games that lasted just a few minutes, with the entire team on the ice at the same time.    Still remember it like yesterday, was probably the most thrilling moment of my playing career haha.

My son did this twice at Wells Fargo Center.  You have to buy 50 tickets at full price.  It was a bummer the time we went during a Flyers/Coyotes game and the tickets were 6 bucks on StubHub when we had to pay $55.

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1 minute ago, Let's Go B-Lo said:

Milt Ellis: http://www.staffannouncer.com/milt/audio/pearsonpenalty.WMA

I announce at my son's game this way.  Nobody else knows it, but I do. 🙂

Ahhh...music to my ears.  "Buffalo penalty to number 29 Jeff Parker and Quebec Penalty to number 23 Paul Gillis, EACH Five minutes for fighting...the time 15:29"

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I also loved watching the Bandits play there. I fell in love with Lacrosse watching the Bandits and the Original and better John Tavares. I am so happy that the CT Blackwolfes are a team now 15 minutes from me at the Mohegan Sun Casino. 

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