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STATE OF THE ARENAS: "THE AUD" MEETS ITS CROSSROADS
Published May 31, 1995
"The Aud" has been home to Buffalo's NHL and minor league hockey clubs since it's opening in 1940, but will close after next season when the new Crossroads Arena opens. The new $122.5M project will be a public/private partnership, with Erie County, the City of Buffalo and State of New York contributing $55 million of the facility's cost. ARENA(S): Memorial Auditorium, Crossroads Arena, Buffalo, NY TENANTS: Buffalo Sabres AGE: Aud opened October 15, 1940, Crossroads to open in October, 1996. OWNERSHIP: Aud -- City of Buffalo. Crossroads -- public/private partnership COST: Crossroads will cost a total of $122.5M. CAPACITY: Aud's capacity is 16,134 for hockey, Crossroads will seat 20,000 for hockey. LUXURY SEATS: Approximately 200 luxury seats at the Aud. Crossroads will have 2,400 club seats and 80 suites. All revenue generated goes directly to the Sabres. Luxury seating will have direct access to covered parking along with beverage service available via computer ordering. CONCESSIONS: All revenues to Sabres in both arenas ADVERTISING: All revenues to Sabres in both arenas PARKING: Limited parking for the stadium, but all revenues go to the Sabres. GAME-DAY: Sabres are responsible for employees LEASE: The lease actually expires at the end of the '94- '95 hockey season. However, a clause in the lease states that if the new building is not completed by this time, the lease will be renewed annually. MAINTENANCE: The City of Buffalo has been responsible for maintenance at the Aud. RENT: $1.75M (Sources: Michael Masiello, Director of Buffalo Auditorium)