Yes, this week the Utica Landmark is the Utica Auditorium. All of you guessed correctly!

The Utica Memorial Auditorium was built by the City of Utica in 1959 on the site of the old Erie Canal, on land donated by the State of New York. It was dedicated to the memory of area veterans and the wars in which they served.

At the time, ( The Utica Aud) was one of only three arenas worldwide that had a completely unobstructed view no support pillars to see around. Madison Square Garden in New York City is actually modeled after the Auditorium. The City operated the Auditorium from 1960 until 1996. The Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top, and Kenny Rogers were just a few of the many performers that wowed crowds here in Central New York, as did perennial favorites Harlem Globetrotters, Ice Capades, and professional boxing and wrestling. Even Hollywood came calling when scenes from the movie SlapShot, starring Paul Newman, were filmed here...

Nic Phelps of Bleedin Iris Photography
Nic Phelps of Bleedin Iris Photography
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The Utica Memorial Auditorium is a 3,860-seat multi-purpose arena in Utica, New York, with a capacity of 5,700 for concerts. Nicknamed the Aud, it is the home arena of the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks.

The Aud picked up the  #8 spot in "The 10 Coolest Hockey Rinks in the World" list by Complex Magazine, the #8 rank for best AHL arena by Stadium Journey, #4 in the Pure Hockey Blog's list of the top 6 places to skate for hockey.

Photos of the Utica Memorial Auditorium are on permanent display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The museum's collection honors the auditorium as an architectural landmark.

Special thanks to drone photographer Nic Phelps of Bleedin Iris Photography.


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