The old downtown home of the Buffalo Sabres is all but gone.
A wrecking crew pulled down the last roof supports on Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium yesterday morning. A section of the building collapsed with a roar in a billowing cloud of dust.
The building, known as The Aud, was built in the 1940s and hosted hockey games, concerts, circuses, and more. It had been empty since the Sabres left for HSBC Arena 12 years ago.
The last wall is scheduled to be torn down within days. The site is being cleared for development.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said four prospective buyers have filed preliminary background applications to purchase the insolvent Phoenix Coyotes and keep the team in Arizona.
The interested parties include Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of baseball's Chicago White Sox and the NBA's Chicago Bulls; Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon, co-owners of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League; and Las Vegas-based businessman John Breslow, who owns 3 percent of the Coyotes.
The fourth prospective buyer requested anonymity while further investigating the possible purchase.