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Wednesday, 26 June 2013 17:06

Bangor Auditorium seat sale draws a crowd

 

BANGOR - Pieces of the old Bangor Auditorium were carted off by the truckload last week as the public lined up to buy a pair or two of the old wooden seats from one of the city's most historic landmarks that's being torn down. Scott Boucher of Bangor was lucky enough to get his hands on some.

"I'm originally from Presque Isle and I used to come down to the big city every tournament season [to watch the games]. It has such a special memory," said Boucher. "I was [also] in the Auditorium for many years as a clown for the Shrine circus."

Published in Style

BANGOR - Making it to the tourneys at the Bangor Auditorium is a huge victory in and of itself for most of the state's high school basketball players. However, this year it wasn't just the players who were making memories on the hardwood. Those behind the scenes also made history when they helped broadcast the last games to ever take place inside the 'Mecca,' which is being replaced by the new Cross Insurance Center next year.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:34

Basketball Tournament Updates

Camden Hills pulls off huge upset over Oceanside

BANGOR - The seventh seed Camden Hills Girls basketball team won 54-39 over second seed Oceanside.

Leading the way for Camden Hills was senior forward Jordan Knowlton with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

A key for Knowlton and her team was being able to key their emotions in check amongst the crazy atmosphere that the tournament brings.

'I just try to stay controlled and poised. That's the best way to win. You've got to stay controlled,' said Knowlton.

Camden Hills Center Rachel Pease put in 15 points and had nine rebounds. Bekhah Hilt added seven points.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:14

Memories of The Mecca'

A look back at some memorable tournament moments

BANGOR After 57 years and countless breathtaking moments, the Bangor Auditorium is hosting its final high school basketball tournament. Starting next year, the new Cross Insurance Center will be the home to the tourney, with the old auditorium scheduled to become a parking lot.

Soon, the Mecca of Maine high school basketball will be no more.

The Auditorium has been an iconic part of the Bangor skyline since 1955; the quirky and beloved structure has played a huge part in making high school memories for thousands of Maine kids over the years. To play in the Auditorium is to be a part of the state's sporting history.  

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I was lucky enough to have a seat in the building as World Wrestling Entertainment made its triumphant return to the Bangor Auditorium on March 4. While I freely admit that I'm not a huge fan of professional wrestling, there's no mistaking the very real energy of the moment when it all unfolds in front of you live and in person.

This was a big show; even a relative neophyte such as I could recognize some of these names. John Cena. Chris Jericho. Kane. WWE Champion CM Punk. These are some of the brightest stars in the WWE galaxy and they were right here in Bangor.

The night's matches all had their winners and losers, but the particulars didn't really matter. It's all about experiencing the spectacle, and even if you aren't a follower of wrestling, you can't help but be swept up in the unapologetic passion of the true fanatics. 

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