Memorial Auditorium

Bill Hoppe

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's big win over St. Louis this week and captain Jack Eichel's hot streak, which has him on pace for a 100+ point season. Linus Ullmark has taken over as the team's top netminder but forward Casey Mittelstadt's struggles continue. And Bill shares some of his memories of Memorial Auditorium ahead of Thursday's "Aud Night" game against the Nashville Predators.

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Visitors to Buffalo's Canalside pass by a fence surrounding the pit marking where Memorial Auditorium once stood. It  used to rock with basketball, hockey and The Who. Wednesday night, the public was shown three possibilities of what might rock that two-acre hole into the future.

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The building no longer exists but for decades hosted countless events ranging from sports to concerts to political rallies. Just a few blocks away, Coca Cola Field is paying tribute to its former neighbor with a display featuring many artifacts from events held at Memorial Auditorium.

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After years of planning and effort, the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront reaches another milestone Thursday night with the grand opening of the "Ice at Canalside."

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The ground was broken at the former site of the War Memorial Auditorium on Saturday for further development of that historic, waterfront area.

Members of the Erie Canal harbor Development Corporation were joined by Brian Higgins, Mark Poloncarz, Mickey Kearns and other political figures in ceremoniously kicking off the construction of a series of replica canals and pedestrian bridges. Construction is expected to be completed in 2013.

The work will make the region a year round destination with summer events and winter skating.