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Veterans Stadium is no more

Postby WebHamster » Sun Mar 21, 2004 10:00 am

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Veterans Stadium, which served as home of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles for more than three decades, was reduced to a pile of rubble Sunday. The Vet was imploded as former Phillies, fans and team executive watched from a distance.

The implosion took place at 7 a.m. (et) and The Vet went down in just 62 seconds.

The Phillies played home games at the Vet since 1971, but in April they'll move into new Citizens Bank Park, which is across the street. The Eagles moved into Lincoln Financial Field last year.

During the past few months, concrete ramps and the lower levels of seating were removed as the stadium was reduced to a concrete structure ready for the huge explosion that rocked South Philadelphia and the surrounding sports buildings.

Brandenburg Industrial Service Company was the demolition sub-contractor, while Demolition Dynamics Company was their implosion sub-contractor.

Following the clean-up, an additional 5,500 parking spots will be constructed for the sports complex. Hundreds of trees will also be planted and the Phillies will commemorate The Vet by painting an outline of the stadium's playing field and placing granite markers at the former home plate, pitching mound and base locations.
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