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Finally, a look inside the Aud

Took another pregame walk to the Aud and now it's like viewing the ruins of Pompeii or the Roman Colosseum. On Monday, workers broke through the Terrace Street end and the entire bowl is now visible from the street. There are plenty of passing folks taking a look because many of us haven't seen in there since 1996.

You look to the right and you can see the girders of what was once the press box, part of the old television "bucket" that sat on the front of the balcony and the colored steps of the gold, red and blue sections (all the seats are gone). You also see the requisite "no smoking" signs and the Section 29 sign is also visible. So is the fake suite they built at the one end to pump Marine Midland Arena in the final season of 1995-96.

The first picture was taken Monday by News Staff Photographer Sharon Cantillon. The second one was taken at 5:30 today by yours truly and the hole has been gouged even wider. Not a lot of light of course (sorry). Click on the picture though for a bigger and clearer view.

---Mike Harrington

Aud I 

2-24 II


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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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