INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An era is ending in downtown Indianapolis.The RCA Dome is coming down and demolition work is already underway.
It was a summer day in 1983 when folks watched as the roof wentup on what was known then as the Hoosier Dome. This fall, Hoosierswill watch as the roof comes down.
Like worn carpet replaced in a living room, workers rolled upthe Dome's turf and carted it away.
The seats are going too. Workers use a device called an airhammer to remove the bolts that held them in place for decades.
"That's taking them off very easily. They're coming off insections very easily. We're laying them down. When the memorabiliapeople get a chance to take their seats, they're out of there,"said project manager Tom Scheele.
Seats marked with yellow tape have been sold to the highestbidder. Those not sold will be donated or shredded andrecycled.
Meanwhile, upstairs, workers are drilling silver dollar-sizedholes in the pillars that support the Dome's upper ring. That'swhere explosives will be placed.
"This is what will be imploded in on itself. So it will bephased explosions around the ring because, as a circle, you want tobring it in at chunks at a time," said Scheele.
But those chunks will fall quickly. The entire upper ring willlikely come down in less than 25 seconds. Project organizers areplanning the implosion around the first week of December.
But before that happens a Circle City landmark will be deflated.The Dome's famed roof will come down the third or fourth week ofSeptember.
Demolition planners know Hoosiers will want to watch thedeflation and implosion. So they're mindful of other events goingon in the city.
"We just want to be real respectful to those events, we don'tpick the day or time that it conflicts with somebody else. We wantit to be successful for the whole community," said Scheele.
Report by Deanna Dewberry, WISH. Edited by Andrew Bonner.
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