posted on Mar, 21 2004 @ 10:06 AM
Veterans Stadium was reduced to a pile of rubble in just more than a minute on Sunday, as two honorary imploders pushed a symbolic plunger.About 3,000
pounds of explosives took down the old concrete home of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, section by section in a clockwise direction as loud
booms rang out.
"Ladies and gentlemen, you just witnessed history," team announcer Dan Baker told the cheering crowd of several hundred people.
Former Phillies slugger Greg Luzinski, a member of the 1980 World Series team, and the Phillie
Phanatic pushed the ceremonial red plunger as the explosions began.The Vet, home to the Phillies and the Eagles for more than 30 years, imploded on
schedule at 7 a.m.A large area around the sports complex in South Philadelphia was closed off, and airspace above the stadium was restricted to a
1,500-foot elevation for a quarter-mile radius during the implosion.Once the dust settles, workers will begin breaking down the concrete pieces, which
will amount to 70,000 cubic yards of material.Contractors will be recycling debris on the site until July, and the spot will eventually serve as a
5,500-space parking lot.The Phillies plan to paint an outline of the Vet's playing field across the new parking lot, and place granite markers at the
former home plate, pitching mound and base locations.New baseball-only and football-only stadiums have been built nearby to replace the Vet. The
Eagles began playing in their new home, Lincoln Financial Field, last year. The Phillies played their last game at the Vet in September; their season
opener in Citizens Bank Park is April 12.
[Edited on 22/3/04 by TRD]