Kitchener: The Aud

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The Aud

400 East Avenue
Kitchener, Ontario
N2H 1Z6
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Tel 519-741-2699

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History

For more than 60 years, Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex (The Aud) has been a cornerstone of the community. The history of The Aud tells a story of a building first conceived with a vision for the future - a vision that has been surpassed.

Kitchener's first auditorium was located at Charles and Queen streets and was supplied with ice and refrigeration from the nearby Silverwood Dairies. However, when the dairy moved in 1938, the auditorium was converted to a dance hall. In January 1948, it was destroyed by fire. From 1938 to 1951, Kitchener did not have its own ice surface, forcing groups to use ice in Galt and Waterloo.

The idea to rebuild a municipal auditorium began in 1938 when a group of local sports enthusiasts proposed a facility that would seat 5,500 people and cost $175,000 to build. It would be Kitchener's own Maple Leaf Gardens. The public did not share the group's enthusiasm and when the proposal went to a public vote, it was defeated.

After World War II, community spirit changed considerably and it was decided that an auditorium would be built in honour of those who served in the war.

In 1950, council chose the East Avenue site for the facility and bought the land for between $600-$1,000 per acre. In May 1950, the cornerstone was laid and construction by Dunker Construction began. The building, with its state-of-the-art convertible flooring that allowed  conversion from a hockey arena to a concert hall in 24 hours, was officially opened on May 24, 1951. The Auditorium was the fourth largest facility of its kind in Ontario.

In 1967, Centennial Stadium and Jack Couch Park on the Auditorium grounds were created as a centennial project.

In 1986, construction began on the $9.2 million addition to the Auditorium. The project featured twin Olympic ice pads, a teaching theatre, a fitness centre, viewing lounges, change rooms, banquet facilities and meeting rooms. The new addition opened on Jan. 9, 1988. The facility was renamed the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex to reflect the larger building and the original intent of constructing a war memorial.

In 1994, the original Auditorium arena was renamed the Dom Cardillo Arena; Cardillo was, at the time, Kitchener's longest-serving mayor.

In 1998, another addition provided a permanent home for the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club.

In 2011, Kitchener city council approved an expansion at The Aud.  The expansion added close to 1,000 seats to the arena's capacity, as well as

  • A third-level concourse 
  • A fourth-level media room and loft-style suites
  • Concessions
  • Washrooms
  • Renovated team space, including dressing rooms, player services, offices and retail areas

The added seats will bring the capacity for hockey, including suites and standing room, up to 7,600-7,800.  The newly renovated areas opened in October 2012. 

Photo Gallery: History will appear here on the public site.

Events at The Aud (By Year)

2010-2013

  • The Tragically Hip
  • Simple Plan
  • Hedley
  • Billy Graham
  • Johnny Reid
  • Larry the Cable Guy
  • Tim Allen
  • Sesame Street Live
  • World Junior Hockey Canada vs Finland

2000-2009

  • Blue Man Group
  • Bob Dylan
  • Russell Peters
  • Akon
  • Great Big Sea
  • Mastercard Memorial Cup
  • Michael Buble
  • U18 Women's Hockey Championships
  • Four Nations Cup
  • INXS
  • Hilary Duff
  • WWE RAW & Smackdown
  • ISU Jr. World Figure Skating Championship
  • Sum 41
  • Pearl Jam
  • World Jiu-Jitsu Championship
  • Toy Story 2
  • Nickelback
  • Scotts Tournament of Hearts
  • World Indoor Lacrosse Championships
  • CIS Men's Hockey Championship
  • Shaggy
  • Matchbox Twenty
  • The Moffats
  • World Championship Wrestling
  • Global Inline Hockey Festival
  • The Guess Who

 

1990-1999

  • Kenny Rogers
  • Junior B Hockey All-Star Game
  • Royal Lipizzaner Stallions
  • NHL Ottawa vs Buffalo
  • Lord of the Dance
  • Backstreet Boys
  • World Women's Hockey Championship
  • NHL Toronto vs. Buffalo
  • CHL All Star Game
  • Steve Green
  • Meatloaf
  • NHL New York vs. Hartford
  • Randy Travis
  • OHL Draft
  • Garden Brothers Circus
  • Ontario Summer Games
  • NBA Pre Season Houston vs. Indiana

1980-1989

  • WWF Wrestling
  • Canadian Ringette Championships
  • Roy Clark
  • George Jones
  • Supertramp
  • Memorial Cup
  • OHL All Star Game
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Max Webster
  • Johnny Cash
  • Ted Nugent
  • Bob Dylan
  • Black Sabbath
  • Cheap Trick
  • April Wine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970-1979

  • Styx
  • Charlie Pride
  • Nazareth
  • Burton Cummings
  • KISS
  • Paul Anka
  • Rush
  • Johnny Winter
  • Memorial Cup
  • Gaithers
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Pat Boone
  • Alice Cooper
  • James Last
  • Jethro Tull
  • Liberance
  • Stevie Wonder

1960-1969

  • Don Messer
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Beach Boys
  • Supremes
  • Sonny James

1951-1959

  • Clyde Brothers Circus
  • Billy Hailey & The Comets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Major Events at The Aud

  • Akon
  • Alabama
  • Blue Man Group
  • Bob Dylan
  • Bryan Adams
  • Charlie Pride
  • Cirque Sublime
  • Elton John
  • Garden Brothers Circus
  • Great Big Sea
  • Grenadier Guards'
  • Guess Who
  • Harlem Globetrotters
  • Hedley
  • Hilary Duff Concert
  • Johnny Cash
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Larry the Cable Guy
  • Lipizzaner Stallions 
  • Match Box Twenty
  • Meatloaf
  • Michael Buble
  • Neil Young
  • Oktoberfest
  • Russell Peters
  • Sesame Street Live
  • Simple Plan
 
  • Stars on Ice
  • The Muppet Show
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Tim Allen
  • WCW Nitro
  • World Rock Symphony Orchestra
  • WWE Shows