Memories will not implode with stadium

By Marisa Gallelli
March 18, 2004

Cecelia Francisco

The Philadelphia sports fans will see the implosion of Veterans Stadium on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 a.m. Veterans Stadium is a sports complex that has been in Philadelphia for 33 years. Demolition Dynamics Co., an implosion subcontractor out of Tennessee, will handle the demise of Veterans Stadium, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In less than a minute the stadium, which has held many Phillies and Eagles games, concerts and other major events in the city over the years, will see a quick resolution. After Veterans Stadium comes down, crews will see to the work of clearing out the rumble. The crews will fill the hole and free the area so a 5,500-space parking lot, scheduled as early as fall, can be constructed, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

When asked about this event, students on campus said that they were sad to see Veterans Stadium go, that it held a lot of memories for them. Bobby Marro ,a sophomore English and communications major, said, “Dude, I loved the Vet. My dad and I went to baseball games at the Vet for years. We are both Phillies fans and we absolutely both love the Vet. I think it stands for what Philadelphia is, for the Vet was ugly looking, party central, tough, violent, and a very riotous place, and unstable.” When asked about the fact that they were turning the Vet into a parking lot, people understood that it would be a good idea and to a point make traffic better, but were still upset that they were tearing down the Vet in order to accomplish this task. Jaclyn Fox, a junior history and political science major, said, “I understand we need the parking but it is sad to see the Vet, a place of memories for Philadelphia, turned into a tail-gating area.”

Posted to the web by: Cecelia Francisco

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