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History was made here.

In 2011, The Utica Memorial Auditorium was designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognition of its innovative cable suspended roof. The Aud is the world’s first pre-stressed dual cable roof system. Architect Lev Zetlin's design used struts between the cables and was the predecessor to the many modern dome designs that we see today, including Madison Square Garden.

Utica AUD Commissioned

In early 1956, the project to create the Utica Memorial Auditorium was commissioned. City officials ...
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Construction Begins

The land for the future site of the AUD was dedicated on April 15th, 1957, with a project budget of ...
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Opening Day of the AUD

On March 9th, 1960, the AUD opened its doors to the public for the first time; the event, The Indust...
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Globetrotters Begin Performing at AUD

In 1960, shortly after the AUD opened, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters performed for the first...
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Johnny Cash

John "Johnny" Cash, who is considered by some to be one of the most prominent musicians of the 20th ...
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JFK's Democratic Speech

During his 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy made a stop at the AUD in Utica for his perso...
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Wilt Chamberlain Scores 62 Points

On January 21st, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 62 points to help the Philadelphia Warriors to a 139-...
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NCAA Div I Title Won by Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech defeated Clarkson by a score of 7-1 for the NCAA hockey title years before the tournam...
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Knicks Defeat Celtics

The New York Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game held at the Utica AUD by a sco...
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Notre Dame High Wins Juggler Classic

Notre Dame High School, located in Utica, won their own Juggler classic in front of a crowed of over...
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Bob Hope

Bob Hope, a well-known American comedian, actor, singer and author performed at the AUD on April 13th.
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Clinton Comets Call the AUD Home

The Clinton Comets of the North American Hockey League moved their home arena from the Clinton Arena...
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Filming of 'Slapshot'

Scenes from the classic hockey movie 'Slapshot' were filmed at the AUD; notable cast members include...
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George Foreman vs. Ledoux

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Scheduled Presley Performance

Elvis Presley was scheduled to perform at the AUD on August 19th; however, three days earlier, Presl...
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Sugar Ray Leonard Fight

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Bruce Springsteen

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Olympic Practice Game

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RUSH at The AUD

Canadian rock band Rush made their first of two appearances in Utica on May 22nd, drawing a large fo...
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The Grateful Dead

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Mohawk Valley Stars

1981-1984
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Ozzy Osbourne

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Skating Club of Utica Launched

Utilizing the ice from the Mohawk Valley Stars, the Club launched to teach skating fundamentals.
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ZZ Top

ZZ Top, an American blues and Hard rock band, performed an energetic show at the AUD on August 26th....
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Mohawk Valley Comets

1985-1987
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Kenny Rogers Performance

Before international fame set in, Garth Brooks opened for Kenny Rogers. - Book...
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Bon Jovi

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RUSH Returns to The AUD

After a successful show in 1980, Rush returned to the AUD seven years later for another popular perf...
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David Lee Roth

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Utica Devils

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WWF Monday Night Raw

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UMVMAA Takes over as Management

In 1996, The AUD was sold to the Upper Mohawk Valley Auditorium Authority.
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Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson performed a controversial concert at the AUD that caused protest from city officials ...
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World Championship Wrestling

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Utica College Plays First Men's Hockey Game

Utica College Men's Ice Hockey team made their AUD debut...
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Mohawk Valley Prowlers

The Mohawk Valley Prowlers were a UHL team which played from 1998 until January 2001.
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Save of the Day NHL Game

NHL players came together for a game in Utica to raise money for Save of the Day, Robert Esche's charity that helps local children with terminal illnesses.
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WWE Live!

WWE Live! rumbled through The AUD on January 6th, 2008.
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Honoring Mayor McKennan

Serving as Utica's Mayor from 1956-1959, John McKennan, was honored in a special ceremony for contributions to The AUD.
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Phish

Famed American rock band 'Phish' played The AUD on Oct. 20, 2010.
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AUD named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

The Utica Memorial Auditorium is now a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The American Society of Civil Engineers bestowed the honor upon the building at a ceremony Tuesday. One of only 200 buildings in the world to receive this recognition, the Utica Auditorium joins the Brooklyn Bridge, Panama Canal, and Washington Monument as a civil engineering marvel. The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded "The Aud" its legacy, creativeness and innovation in finding solutions. "For instance in this facility there were very bad soil conditions so the site wasn't conducive to holding a very heavy structure so they came up with the cable system because it was very light," says ASCE President Kathy Caldwell. Built over fifty years ago and Former Mayor McKennan's vision, the auditorium introduced a unique dual layer cable suspension system that went on to influence future designs. "Not too many people know about this roof structure," says Mayor Roefaro. "It was the first successful suspended roof system in the world, Madison Square Garden was patterned after this after this, and to know that it came right from Utica, New York.
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First MMA Fights

April 5th, 2013 marked the first CNY Battleground Fight Night at The AUD.
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Announcement of the Utica Comets

On June 14th, 2013, Laurence Gilman, VP of Hockey Operation with the Vancouver Canucks, announced th...
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Major Renovations

Major renovations began in the AUD immediately following the announcement of the Utica Comets. New A...
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Opening Night for the Utica Comets

On October 23rd, in front of a sold out crowd, the Utica Comets began their inaugural season against...
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First Home Win for the Utica Comets

On November 23, 2014, a sold out AUD watched history as the Comets won the franchise's first game on home ice.
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Dierks Bentley RISER Tour

On November 16, Dierks Bentley, along with Randy Houser and Eric Paslay, stopped in Utica for the first concert under new management.
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Home of the Utica Comets, UC Pioneers, Skating Club of Utica
And all things Entertainment in Utica.

Whether it’s concerts, sports or family shows - whether it’s national, state, or local programming, the Utica Memorial Auditorium proves the need for smaller arenas and fulfills the needs of its customers - year after year.