Dec. 10, 1972 – War Memorial Stadium certainly saw more than its share of farewells during its years of use. One of the biggest came on this day.
The Bills played the Detroit Lions in the facility at Jefferson and Best in Buffalo. The game ended in a 21-21 tie. O.J. Simpson piled up 116 yards on 27 carries for the Bills.
The building had hosted every home game in the Bills' history from 1960 to 1972. Fans were ready for this last game before the team moved to Orchard Park. They brought tools into the building and started taking out seats to serve as souvenirs. No one had thought of selling those seats to fans yet.
But there was life in the old barn yet. Canisius College played some home football games there. Then the Bisons landed in the facility when Eastern League baseball came to Buffalo in 1979. Minor league baseball was staged there for almost another decade.
And what was the first event in the history of War Memorial Stadium? Colgate played Tulane in college football in 1937.
Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.