On April 11, this legendary stadium will stand no more.
The impending implosion of Texas Stadium has been in and out of the news for around a year now, but the iconic facility's collapse only now has a concrete date.
It was announced Wednesday that Texas Stadium will be imploded at daybreak on April 11. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese -- which I'm told is the very cheesiest -- is sponsoring the event, which will be broadcast live on the Internet. Four cameras will be fixed outside the stadium, and two inside the stadium to chronicle the 37-year-old giant's last moments.
A live aerial shot streaming live on NBCDFW is also planned.
The area will be used, once the rubble is cleared, as an "open canvas for development," referred to as Crossroads DFW. The land--about 75-acres in size--could be used for residential, office, transit-oriented, or mixed development.
As of now, the implosion itself is gaining significant notoriety, which seems only fitting given the stadium housed the Dallas Cowboys. Measures are being taken, beyond the Internet feeds (which can be found at www.cityofirving.org/texas-stadium), to ensure that fans have access to this historic event.
“There is great interest among sports fans, tourists and residents to watch the implosion in person,” said Maura Gast, executive director, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau. “City officials are currently determining logistics such as staging and viewing areas, parking, and how to manage traffic around the stadium.”
The implosion plan, developed by Jacobs Engineering, will be carried out by Weir Brothers, and the company is taking extra steps to bring down the stadium in a eco-friendly manner. The venue is currently being stripped of all remnants of asbestos, per state and federal regulations, and 95 percent of the concrete and steel which account for most of the structure will be recycled.