INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - For 24 years, the RCA Dome has been thepinpoint of the downtown Indianapolis sky. On Wednesday, after just40 minutes the Dome was deflated and the skyline foreverchanged.
Former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut, who was in office whenthe Dome was constructed flipped the switch at 10:50 a.m.
"So even though the Dome is going down today, it has a wonderfullegacy, and I think will be part of the soul and the spirit and theheart of Indianapolis for generations to come. The Dome is dead,long live the Dome," said Hudnut.
Despite a lot of uncertainties about deflating 8 acres of twolayers of fabric supported by cables and fans, everything went verysmoothly.
Many Hoosiers gathered downtown to say goodbye to a familiarface and friend.
"Watching the demolition of the RCA Dome is a sentimentaljourney for me. Because I was part of Bill Hudnut's administrationthat buildt the Dome in the 1980s," said David Frick, IndianaStadium Building Authority.
The Dome first opened in May of 1984 and was known as theHoosier Dome, but renamed in 1994 when RCA paid $10 million fornaming rights for 10 years.
A lot of what's inside and outside of the Dome will be salvagedand recycled. Once the roof is removed, demolition work willaccelerate with an implosion of the Dome planned for December.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.
With seventeen shopping days remaining, customers are steadily visiting gift stores along Mass Ave. in downtown Indianapolis.