Dome demolition: Implode or no?

September 6, 2007
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RCA DomeIn the spirit of today's Colts festivities, there's an update this week on the new stadium and discussions about the old one. In a progress report, the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority says officials are studying whether to implode the RCA Dome or take it down with a wrecking ball. They're leaning toward a wrecking ball because of the building's connection to the Indiana Convention Center. The demolition is slated to begin in April and likely will take about six months. The Authority also said Lucas Oil Stadium still is on schedule for its grand opening in August 2008. About 900 people are working on the project, and more than $311 million has been spent so far. Any Colts or stadium observations on this beautiful game day?
  • I was wondering if they might do a combination of both types of demolition. Maybe Implode the South and East side and wrecking ball the North and West sides. Maybe that wouldn't be practical though.

    GO COLTS! :)
  • Take a big push pin and pop the top.
  • Implode???? D'OH
  • I think mobyhead's onto something. Once they deflate the dome, there's really not much to her. As much as I'd like to see another downtown Indy arena drop to its knees in seconds, implosion would be an expensive form of entertainment. Wrecking balls will be fun to watch too!

    I can't wait to see the skyline open up once she's gone.
  • We should construct a Burning Man-like
    totem to plunge into the dome. That
    or allow people to drop stuff on it
    from a crane like some David Letterman
  • I say we fill the RCA Dome up with unpopped kernels of corn, crank up the heat and create the worlds largest JIFFY POP!!!!
  • They should explode it.
  • I think they should film a movie like Mars Attacks II and have a battle between the Martians and the Colts where Peyton's rocket arm will throw a football bomb into the unroofed RCA Dome (secret landing spot of the Martians) and chase them back to space. So yea, implode it! We love big explosions in good movies.
  • an implosion will put a curse on the site... like the curse on the MSA site.
  • Implosion would be cool and bring a lot of free publicity, but wrecking ball will make more sense.

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