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Dome Deflation Bitter-Sweet, Say Fans

Last updated on Thursday, September 25, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - More than 24 years after it opened its doors, the RCA Dome began its slow demise to demolition.

Wednesday morning at 10:47, former mayor Bill Hudnut gave the command to turn off the 16 fans keeping the dome roof inflated.

Many described Wednesday as bitter-sweet. Bitter because they're sad to see the dome go and sweet because Indianapolis now has Lucas Oil Stadium.

Crews are now cutting away the 250-ton dome roof. Once it's removed, they'll continue to prepare the dome of its implosion. Only the upper half of the dome will be imploded. The blast is not expected to be as dramatic as when Market Square Arena fell.

Once the rubble of the dome is gone, work will begin on a $275-million dollar expansion of the convention center.

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