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12 Videos of Stadiums Being Blown Up

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2014

12 Videos of Stadiums Being Blown Up

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    As great as it is to have a historic stadium like Fenway Park—which has hosted Boston Red Sox games since 1912 and has no doubt given people some great memorieswhen a team announces plans to build a new home field, fans typically get excited.

    And as dope as it is to have a state-of-the-art place to watch games, it's actually cool to see what the team decides to do with the old one—which typically ends up being blown to the ground.

    Seeing an explosion in a Hollywood movie is cool and all, but to be there and see an entire stadium crumble under dynamite is awesome—which is why I'm giving you some videos of the best.

Omni Coliseum (Atlanta Hawks)

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    Date Opened: October 14, 1972

    Date Demolished: July 26, 1997

    While Omni Coliseum didn't provide too many great memories, the building was described as an architectural marvel when it was first built, thanks in part to its innovative roof.

    As home of the Atlanta Hawks for 25 seasons, the Omni also served as host of the 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and was the indoor volleyball venue during the 1996 Olympics.

    The only remaining piece from the arena is the scoreboard, which now hangs in the pavilion of the arena that replaced it, Philips Arena.

Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals)

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    Date Opened: June 30, 1970

    Year Demolished: December 29, 2002

    As the home of both the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, Riverfront Stadium had some interesting moments in its 32 years.

    The most famous were courtesy of "The Big Red Machine" of the '70s, which saw the Reds go to four World Series and win two (1975, 1976).

    One of the original "cookie-cutter" ballparks that opened around the same time, the stadium lacked much personality or style.

Amon G. Carter Stadium (TCU Horned Frogs)

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    Date Opened: October 11, 1930

    Date Demolished: December 5, 2010

    Unlike others on this list, TCU's demolition of Amon G. Carter Stadium wasn't done to replace the football stadium with a brand new one but instead to jump-start a massive $105 million renovation project back in 2010.

    The Horned Frogs still played their home football games at the stadium during the facelift, with the full project being completed before the 2012 season.

Amway Arena (Orlando Magic)

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    Date Opened: January 29, 1989

    Date Demolished: March 25, 2012

    There were a few things that stood out when I first watched this video.

    One, Amway Arena had no charm whatsoever. It looked more like a shopping mall than the home stadium of a professional sports team.

    And two, why were observers of the demolition so close?

    Regardless, the arena did host the NBA Finals on two separate occasions (1995 and 2009) while also serving as the spot of the 1992 NBA All-Star Game, where Magic Johnson made his return and won the game's MVP Award.

The RCA Dome (Indianapolis Colts)

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    Date Opened: August 5, 1984

    Date Demolished: December 20, 2008

    With the new Lucas Oil Stadium in its background, the former home of the Indianapolis Colts goes down in a heap of debris, physically erasing all the moments the fans enjoyed there—which included winning a Super Bowl in 2006.

    In a bit of a surprise, the stadium's first event was actually an exhibition basketball game in 1984 between an NBA All-Star team and the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team—which featured home-state heroes Larry Bird and former Indiana Hoosiers basketball coach Bobby Knight.

    The RCA Dome also played host to four men's Final Fours (1991, 1997, 2000, 2006) and a women's Final Four in 2005.

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta Braves)

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    Date Opened: April 9, 1965

    Date Demolished: August 2, 1997

    Demolished just a week after the aforementioned Omni Coliseum, which was not too far away from it, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium went down in about 37 seconds, erasing a building that saw many fine events.

    Tops on the list would have to be the 1995 World Series title that saw the hometown Braves win on its home turf, closely followed by Hank Aaron's record-setting 715th career home run that saw him move pass Babe Ruth on the all-time list.

    Much like other stadiums built around the same time, Atlanta-Fulton County wasn't much to look at.

Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies)

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    Date Opened: April 10, 1971 (pre-opening)

    Date Demolished: March 21, 2004

    As USA Today points out, while Veterans Stadium was still in existence, the place was often looked at as a complete dump.

    Taking the "cookie-cutter" shape of others on this list, "The Vet" had terribly hard AstroTurf along with a decaying structure.

    Still, the stadium was the home of the 1980 World Series champs, saw its fair share of good seasons from the Eagles and hosted MLB All-Star Games in 1976 and '96.

Market Square Arena (Indiana Pacers)

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    Date Opened: September 15, 1974

    Date Demolished: July 8, 2001

    Although Market Square Arena saw its fair share of phenomenal Indiana Pacers teams while the club played there—including an NBA Finals trip in 2000—it never housed a champion.

    Still, the arena played host to the 1980 NCAA men's Final Four, along with other notable events. One of its finest was Elvis Presley's final concert in 1977.

Texas Stadium (Dallas Cowboys)

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    Date Opened: September 17, 1971

    Date Demolished: April 11, 2010

    Leave it to flamboyant Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to count down the demolition of his team's old digs by shooting off fireworks.

    The stadium crumbled to the ground quite fast, erasing great memories of past Cowboys teams that included a Super Bowl win in their first season in the stadium.

    It's too bad none of that luck has carried over to the new billion-dollar home, as Cowboys haven't had nearly the same moments so far in AT&T Stadium.

Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates)

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    Date Opened: July 16, 1970

    Date Demolished: February 11, 2001

    For 30 years, Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium was the home of the black and yellow of the Pirates and Steelers, serving as the spot for some great memories.

    On top of the obvious ones—it was home of the Steelers during their four Super Bowl wins and Pirates during their two World Series wins in the '70s—Three Rivers was also where "The Immaculate Reception" occurred, which is one of the most famous plays in NFL history.

    In another shining moment for the building, the stadium hosted the first World Series game played at night in 1971 between the Pirates and Baltimore Orioles.

The Kingdome (Seattle Mariners and Seahawks)

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    Date Opened: March 27, 1976

    Date Demolished: March 26, 2000

    The Kingdome may best be remembered for being the house of Ken Griffey Jr.'s theatrics and some memories from Seahawks games, but seeing the thing blown to the ground was probably a welcome sight.

    Not only was the place gathering moss—not literally, I think?—but the surface was the outdated AstroTurf that has ruined many careers, and the now-famous 12th Man that occupies CenturyLink Field was nonexistent in that dome.

    While the building is gone, the new CenturyLink was built on the same site—so the history isn't too far away.

The Metrodome (Minnesota Vikings and Twins)

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    Date Opened: April 3, 1982

    Date Demolished: December 29, 2013

    Let's face it: When a stadium's roof is basically a hot air balloon, with the possibility of collapsing because some snow is on it, it's time to build a new one.

    And as much of a dump as Minneapolis' Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was, it did have its share of solid memories for sports fans. It's the only venue to have hosted a Super Bowl (1992), World Series (1987, 1991), MLB All-Star Game (1985) and NCAA men's basketball Final Four (1992, 2001).

    Still, I'm sure fans are excited to never have to visit it again.

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