Taking a look as much as see the ranking wasn’t a given at Memorial Auditorium. After the roof was once raised to construct the overhanging balcony orange phase of seats in 1971, the scoreboard and a considerable a part of the ice was once obstructed from view within the former reasonable seats referred to as the grays within the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, after which the higher blues within the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.
All the way through the heyday of Little 3 school basketball with Canisius, Niagara, and St. Bonaventure right through the ’50s and ’60s, the scoreboard was once backed by way of the Bulova watch corporate, and featured a four-sides scoreboard with 4 analog clocks on each and every face. Integrated was once a clock with the true time, one with recreation time and two penalty clocks.
With the arriving of the NHL and NBA on the Aud in 1970, the scoreboard was once changed.
The extra fashionable, virtual, gentle blue scoreboard would dangle from the rafters of the development till the Sabres moved down Primary Side road to then Marine Midland Enviornment in 1996.
Taking a look up on the Aud now not simplest stuck you a glimpse of the scoreboard, but in addition the masses of acoustical ceiling baffles which generations of Buffalonians idea appeared like cigarette butts.
Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s popular culture historical past for BN Chronicles, has written six books, and teaches English at Bishop Timon – St. Pass judgement on Top College.