Sunday, April 11, 2010 , Updated 11:40 a.m., April 12, 2010
UPDATED with video and photo gallery: Texas Stadium is reduced to a massive pile of rubble
Though we'd waited hours to watch Texas Stadium implode, it was over in a matter of seconds.
IRVING The side streets near Texas Stadium were already nearly full at 4 a.m. Sunday when this news crew arrived at the scene, bleary-eyed. We were ready to see the big kaboom.
Texas Stadium Implosion (April 11)
We parked ourselves next to a sharply-dressed teen wearing tuxedo pants, a gold vest, and shiny shoes. He was cozied up against a young woman with hair perfectly pincurled. For them and their dozen-or-so friends from R. L. Turner High School, visiting Texas Stadium is what they chose to do on their morning after prom.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing to see a landmark in your home town go away," said Hannah Merritt, 17. She and her friends hadn't slept all night after going to prom and after-prom.
"It's gonna be a great memory," said Efrain Sifuentes, 18.
When the crowds rushed to the front of the barricades 12 minutes before the stadium imploded, Sifuentes, his prom date, and their friends were some of the closest to the explosions.
The bangs began with a pretty fireworks show to the east of Texas Stadium. The puffs of color blended into the blue sky as the sun began to rise. Then, the police officers sent a radio signal, we all went silent, and the giant explosions began inside Texas Stadium. Sticks of dynamite blew in a circle around the middle of the stadium, first just creating a boom with little immediate effect. A few seconds later, the mighty buttresses gave way and the white roof collapsed inward and dribbled out the side. In an instant, it was all gone, save three giant buttresses that weren't shaken by the blows. Though we'd waited hours to watch Texas Stadium implode, it was over in a matter of seconds.
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