Monday, April 19, 2010

R.I.P. Texas Stadium

Former home of the Dallas Cowboys Football Team, Texas Stadium, was imploded last weekend. The demolition was became an event complete with Fireworks. It's a bit odd that we celebrate with much fanfare the demolition of buildings these days. Out with the old to build something new with no sense of history. Texas Stadium was home of the Dallas Cowboys for 38 years. The sentiment of those who attended the distraction felt the old place was great in its day, but past its prime - especially since the Cowboys moved to the new $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in nearby Arlington after the 2008 season. The old stadium, built for $35 million in 1971, was quickly turned to ruins under a swirling cloud of dust after 55 detonating blasts. Texas Stadium is only one of many arenas to reach the end of a lifespan in recent years. Shea Stadium in Queens, N.Y., was home to the New York Mets baseball team for 44 years before it was demolished in 2008. At Capital Centre arena in Maryland near Washington, D.C., crowds of more than 18,000 watched hockey and basketball games and enjoyed performances by Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson over the years. Dynamite destroyed that arena in 2002. In February 2010, Giants Stadium in
East Rutherford, N.J., was demolished after 34 years of service. Treasure seekers hoping to cash in on those nostalgic for the Texas Stadium tried to auction rubble from the explosion on eBay. However, it seems some of the debris was posted for sale even before the stadium was distorted. I don't know if a metal souvenir replica of the Texas Stadium was ever produced. There are a number of versions of resin replicas available online.

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