Too bad. I became a Sabre fan going to games at the Aud. HSBC is a nice arena, but you felt like you right on the ice at the Aud. It really got me into hockey. My buddy's family had season tickets about 6 rows up behind the net. At my first game, my friend told me I should sit leaning slightly forward with my elbows on my knees and hands up closer to my face in case a slapper came over the glass. It happened pretty often, too. (This was obviously pre-netting.) We always met up with everyone we knew at the games at the International Beer Garden. One time, we were in the player tunnel between periods (buddy's dad had team connections) and met the Hanson Brothers, who were there for some promotion.
We used to go to the Bandits games also and sit in the 300s for something like $7. The slope of the seats was so steep you felt like if you had too many beers, you could easily fall going down the stairs to your seat and wind up on the turf!
Lots of good times at the Aud.