The Utica Memorial Auditorium
The Utica Memorial Auditorium was built in 1959 on the site of the old Erie Canal. Dedicated to the memory of area veterans and the wars in which they served, it was, at the time, 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.
Owned by the City of Utica until 1996, the AUD hosted The Greatful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, ZZ Top, and Kenny Rogers as well as 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.
Late in 1996, the AUD was sold to the Upper Mohawk Valley Memorial Auditorium Authority who is continuing the fine tradition of bringing affordable family entertainment to the people of Oneida County and the surrounding areas. The Authority has undertaken a multi-million dollar campaign to restore and renovate this unique, architectural gem.
A new roof and exterior doors, lighting and energy management system upgrades and the recently installed LED message center have the future looking bright for this central New York arena.
The AUD has hosted several sold out concerts in recent years including Godsmack and Oysterhead. With annual favorites that include the Ziyara Shrine Circus, Harlem Globetrotters, college and high school hockey, college and high school basketball, wrestling, cheerleading and gymnastics competitions - the AUD showcases its diversity and capitalizes on its centralized location.
Whether itís concerts, sports or family shows - whether itís 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.