When this story was written 25 years ago this week, Memorial Auditorium was 49 years old, and it seemed pretty clear that despite millions in improvements, a new arena was imminent.
It’s interesting to note the similarities in today’s discussion of 42-year-old Ralph Wilson Stadium, which recently saw millions in upgrades.
"Mayor Griffin's new recommendation for improving Memorial Auditorium would do less but cost more than what was planned before the Sabres announced that they want a new arena in five years.
"The mayor submitted a revised plan Friday that raises the estimated cost of the first phase of improvements from $6.1 million to $6.7 million. It drops plans to lengthen the rink to National Hockey League standards and to build two elevators at the south end of the building.
"The mayor said he still wants to install air conditioning in the Aud, put on a new roof and add two elevators for handicapped access along the north side. In addition, he wants to spend $69,000 to overhaul ice-making equipment."