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Mayor Brown Announces Final Auction Plan Of “AUD” Memorabilia
Showcase Sports Marketing Selected to Coordinate November 2008 Special Event Featuring Auction of Aud seats, boards
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that Showcase Sports Marketing has been selected following a competitive bid process by the City of Buffalo to sell the salvageable memorabilia from Buffalo’s long vacant Memorial Auditorium, which will be demolished by 2009.
On November 15th and 16th at the Buffalo Convention Center, Mayor Brown’s Administration, together with Showcase Sports, will create "Farewell Old Friend" a Final Salute to Memorial Auditorium weekend for people of all ages. In addition to offering the ability for fans to purchase seats and rink boards, this special event will include interactive games for kids, an opportunity to find unique Auditorium and team items in a Sports Memorabilia Pavilion, limited edition Auditorium merchandise, and autograph opportunities from many of the greats that made "The Aud" so special.
“I have always emphasized the need to stage the kind of event that properly pays tribute to the history of the Aud and the impact that this remarkable sports venue had on generations of Buffalonians and out-of-towners,” said Mayor Brown. “I always wanted the sale to be a community event, an appropriate farewell to Buffalo’s beloved Aud, and a celebration of the City of Buffalo and of the fans that supported the professional and amateur sports teams that competed in the building. I believe Showcase Sports Marketing will achieve that goal and make this a very memorable event and give fans from Buffalo and from across the country the opportunity to own a piece of Buffalo sports history.”
Showcase Sports will also prepare a commemorative program that will capture many of the events as seen through the eyes of the media that covered them. These will be distributed to all fans entering the Convention Center on Final Salute Weekend. Ticket availability and information, as well as an event website www.audfarewell.com will be released in the near future.
The in-person auction will be followed one week later with an on-line auction that will provide those that missed the event at the Convention Center or who may reside out-of-town with an opportunity to purchase former Aud seats. Approximately 700 sets of wooden “Blues” seats will be available at the in-person auction, with another approximately 100 sets of seats available in the on-line auction. Auction prices for the seats will be announced separately.
“On behalf of our owners, Bruce and Teresa Weinstein, I am proud that Showcase Sports Marketing has been selected by the City to help pay tribute to Memorial Auditorium, and look forward to presenting an opportunity for fans of all ages to remember our old friend at the foot of Main Street,” said Kerry Atkinson, Chief Operating Officer of Showcase Sports Marketing.
There are approximately 1,800 seats that will be available in sets of two, three, four and five. Admission to the in-person auction at the Convention Center will be $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students and children four years old and younger will be admitted for free.
In December of 2007, the City of Buffalo transferred Memorial Auditorium to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), which, according to a legally binding agreement between the city and the ECHDC, will demolish the vacant sports arena and develop the site as part of the ongoing Canalside redevelopment project. It is expected that demolition will be completed by spring 2009.
As announced previously, proceeds from the auction sale will go to the creation of public memorial of the Aud in the general vicinity of the arena.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios