The Late Movies: Stadium Demolitions

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Last week, after Texas Stadium was demolished, I emailed blog overlord Jason English to pitch this Late Movies about demolished stadiums. I was totally unaware that Texas Stadium had just come down; I just knew that I liked to watch the YouTube video of Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium imploding. I'm a born-and-bred Philadelphian and remember watching the Vet's demolition on live television. Any readers out there see any of these implosions live?

Texas Stadium

Opened: October 24, 1971.
Demolished: April 11, 2010.
Tenants: Dallas Cowboys (NFL) (1971"“2008)
Dallas Tornado (NASL) (1972"“1975, 1980"“1981)
SMU Mustangs (NCAA) (1979"“1986)

Riverfront Stadium

Opened: June 30, 1970.
Demolished: December 29, 2002.
Tenants: Cincinnati Bengals (NFL) (1970-1999)
Cincinnati Reds (MLB) (1970-2002)

Veterans Stadium

Opened: April 10, 1971.
Demolished: March 21, 2004.
Tenants: Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) (1971-2003)
Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) (1971"“2002)
Philadelphia Atoms (NASL) (1973"“1975)
Philadelphia Fury (NASL) (1978"“1980)
Philadelphia Stars (USFL) (1983"“1984)
Temple University (NCAA) (1978"“2002)

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Opened: April 12, 1966.
Demolished: August 2, 1997.
Tenants: Atlanta Braves (MLB) (1966-1996)
Atlanta Falcons (NFL) (1966-1991)
Atlanta Chiefs (NASL) (1967-1969), (1971-1972), (1979-1981)
Atlanta Crackers (AAA) (1965)
Peach Bowl (NCAA) (1971-1991)

Seattle Kingdome

Opened: March 27, 1976.
Demolished: March 26, 2000.
Tenants: Seattle Seahawks (NFL) (1976-2000)
Seattle Sounders (NASL) (1976-83)
Seattle Mariners (MLB) (1977-99)
Seattle SuperSonics (NBA) (1978-85)
NCAA Final Four (1984, 1989, 1995)

Three Rivers Stadium

Opened: July 16, 1970.
Demolished: February 11, 2001.
Tenants: Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB) (1970"“2000)
Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) (1970"“2000)
Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL) (1984)
Pittsburgh Panthers (NCAA) (2000

St. Louis Arena

Opened: 1929.
Demolished: February 27, 1999.
Tenants: St. Louis Flyers (AHA/AHL) (1929-1953)
St. Louis Eagles (NHL) (1934-1935)
Chicago Black Hawks (NHL) (occasional use; 1951-1959)
St. Louis Braves CHL) (1963-1967)
St. Louis Blues (NHL) (1967-1994)
St. Louis Hawks (NBA) (occasional use; 1955-1968)
St. Louis Bombers (NBA) (1946-1950)
Spirits of St. Louis (ABA) (1974-1976)
St. Louis Steamers (MISL) (1979-1988)
St. Louis Storm (MISL) (1989-1992)
St. Louis Ambush (NPSL) (1992-1994)
St. Louis Vipers (RHI) (1993-1994)

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