The much anticipated implosion of Texas Stadium has almost arrived — set to take place at 7 a.m. April 11. Free public viewing will be available in the Red Lot at Texas Stadium on a first-come, first-served basis or via Irving Community Television Network (ICTN). Residents with cable may watch the implosion coverage live on ICTN 1 (Time Warner – Channel 16, Verizon – Channel 30) beginning at 6 a.m. The event also will air live through Web streaming online via ICTN 1. On-site parking cost is $25 per vehicle. All proceeds will be donated to local charities. Gates will open at 2 a.m. and approximately 5,000 spaces will be available. No RVs or commercial vehicles will be allowed. Open flames and pets are prohibited. For Red Lot access, view the map available online.
Texas Stadium Implosion
Sunday, April 11, 7:00 AM – 7:05 AM
Texas Stadium, 114 & Loop 12
Irving, TX, Red Parking Lot
Cost: Free to watch – on-site park = $25 per car
Thousands of pieces of dynamite placed throughout the stadium will bring down Irving’s most famous building shortly after dawn April 11 in a nationally marketed, highly publicized event.
And yes, Irving officials want Dallas Cowboys fans to come out and pay their last respects to the building that housed America’s Team for 38 seasons. “It’s such a storied building, people want to be a part of the event and say, ‘I was there,’ ” said Maura Gast, executive director of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau. The implosion date was announced at an Irving City Council work session Wednesday. It was the first time the council and the public got a glimpse of when – and how – the city plans to demolish the stadium with its famous hole in the roof.
Jim Redyke, president of Dykon Explosive Demolition Group, said crews have started cutting and digging holes for the thousands of pieces of dynamite that will be used in the implosion. He said the building won’t fall all at once. Instead, Redyke said, the blasts will be timed to bring the stadium down in a sequence of collapsing pieces, which will take a minute to fall. “There’s going to be a lot of activity going on,” he said. A drive past the stadium doesn’t show what’s going on inside. The concrete floor once covered in turf has been dug up. The tens of thousands of royal blue seats are gone. And much of the steel and concrete in the lower part of the stadium has been removed.
On Wednesday, Doug Janeway, Irving’s assistant director for real estate services, told council members that the city will use 380,000 cubic feet of dirt to fill in the bottom part of the stadium bowl before the implosion. The city wants that sunken part of the stadium to be at ground level before the implosion.
Crews also have been clearing wallboard and asbestos from inside the stadium. They’ll begin removing paint and asbestos from the exterior. “You’ll soon be able to see plastic sheeting,” Janeway said. Nearly all of the stadium’s steel and concrete will be recycled. Some of it will be used to renovate surrounding highways and build the planned DART Orange Line. Gast said the city will quickly begin putting together details of events surrounding the stadium’s implosion. There are plans for a VIP area for elected officials, city staffers and business leaders and their invitees. Gast said she also wants to get as many people who have ties to the team and the stadium to come out to the event. She said public parking will be finite, so only the earliest to arrive will be able to watch.
Those who miss out, though, will likely get multiple chances to watch the implosion on TV and online. Kraft Foods is sponsoring the event and a children’s essay contest, the winner of which will get to trigger the implosion. The food company also will be filming the demolition for an upcoming online presentation. Irving’s Web site offers a live view of the site. The city also will capture footage inside the building during the demolition. And then there are the producers from several television shows that have been calling to get filming permits. “There are far more television shows on cable that have to do with blowing things up than we could have ever imagined,” Gast said.