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What to expect on Aud Night

The Sabres will celebrate the 1980s and their original arena on Thursday against Nashville

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Buffalo Memorial Auditorium first opened its doors in 1940 and for 26 seasons, the building affectionately referred to as "The Aud" served as the home of the Buffalo Sabres. 

Following the 1995-96 season, the team moved down the street to what is now KeyBank Center, but the memories of The Aud live on.

As part of the Golden Season, the Sabres will be celebrating Aud Night on Thursday, Dec. 12 when the team hosts the Nashville Predators. Faceoff is at 7 p.m., but fans will want to arrive early for pregame festivities. 

Tickets are on sale now.

Before the game, the main Blue Zone Bar will host a happy hour with $5 Labatt drafts from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and live '80s music. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will also receive a special edition jersey koozie, courtesy of Labatt.

Video: Sabres Memories: The Aud

The following alumni from the 1980s are scheduled to attend and will greet fans in the 100 level concourse and on the 200 level in the Seneca Sports Lounge before the game:

Dave Andreychuk
Adam Creighton
Mike Foligno
Mike Hartman
Val James
Uwe Krupp
Kevin Maguire
Phil Myre
Wilf Paiement
Brent Peterson
Larry Playfair
Daren Puppa
Dave Schultz
Dave Snuggerud
John Tucker
John Van Boxmeer

The alumni will then be honored on the ice before a special '80s-themed video open. 

Click here for a photo gallery of Sabres moments from the 1980s.

When fans arrive at their seats, they'll find a commemorative Aud Night T-shirt in either orange, blue, red or gold. These Aud Night-themed T-shirts - in the colors of Memorial Auditorium's seating levels - will be placed on each seat before the game to provide KeyBank Center with some extra Aud vibes.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Dust off your neon shirts and high-waisted jeans...We're diving into the 80s on December 12! 🎟:

During the game, alumni will honor the Season Ticket Holder of the Game, take part in a T-shirt toss, and will be welcomed back with video features and live interviews. KeyBank Center will also be rocking an rolling with '80s-themed scoring graphics and music from the decade. 

For those watching MSG's broadcast, Larry Playfair, who is also a former Sabres broadcaster, will be up in the booth during the second period to provide guest color commentary.

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