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Crews Continue Prep For RCA Dome Demolition

Last updated on Tuesday, December 16, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The roof is already gone, but on Saturday, demolition crews will implode what remains of the seats at the RCA Dome.

It'll take 25 seconds to turn the upper seating bowl of the Colts' former home into a pile of rubble.

Tentative blast time is 9am, but the actual time will come 15 minutes after whenever the morning CSX freight train passes through. In that 15 minutes, supervisors will conduct one final check, making sure no people are inside the blast zone.

800 holes have been drilled at strategic points around what's left of the stadium. Explosive charges will be placed inside. Their detonation will bring down the north and south sections first, then the east and west, and finally the four corners.

There'll still be piles of rubble to cart away, but it'll be easier to reach than if demolition crews just used a wrecking ball.

Tom Scheele with Construction Manager Shiel Sexton says roads will be closed from West Street to Illinois Street and from Maryland to just south of Merrill at 8am. They'll reopen gradually between 9:30 and noon.

The Indiana Convention Center, St. John's Church, Pan Am Plaza, and some of the Crowne Plaza Hotel and convention complex will be evacuated during the demolition. The downtown post office will remain open.

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