Today’s the day- deflating the RCA Dome
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Indianapolis- Coming up this morning, you will notice a changing skyline in downtown Indianapolis. The former home of the Colts is going down. At 10:30 this morning, the 8 acre fabric roof will begin to disappear.
In a ceremony on the north steps of Lucas Oil Stadium, Bill Hudnut, who served as Mayor during the Hoosier Dome’s construction, will flip the switch to turn off the fans. It will take 30 to 45 minutes to deflate after 24 years of memories. From sports and music championships, to international conventions, almost every Hoosier has a favorite time.
Super Fan Zack Legend says “I think it was in ’05, when Peyton threw the ball to Marvin, and it was the most touchdowns in NFL history. And I was in that corner end zone.”
Tonya Williams, an RCA Dome Security Guard remembers, “Circle City Classic, how excited fans would be for that, and just a lot of excitement goes on for Black Expo weekends.” and “Definitely winning the Super Bowl. That was definitely one of the highlights.”
Next is demolition of the stadium, and construction of the $275 million Convention Center Expansion, which combined with the stadium, will increase space from 725,000 square feet to more than 1.2 million square feet. Its scheduled to open late fall of 2010.
We’ll have coverage of the ceremony and Dome deflation on WTHR.