On April 11, Texas Stadium's going to be one great big pile of roof-and-buttress rubble and, to hear the City of Irving tell it, some of the prime real estate the DFW region has to offer.
The explosives will take about a minute to detonate, beginning sometime around 6:30 or 7 a.m. -- soon as it's light enough to begin. You can be party to the excitement with prime viewing from the red parking lot for the low, low price of $25. The lot opens at 2 a.m. Two days before that, Alicia Landry and former players will be hosting a farewell lunch at the Las Colinas Marriott, where they'll all rehash their favorite stadium memories.
Today, though, as Unfair Park witnessed on a pre-implosion tour, it's home to what has to be the finest zombie movie shooting location in town, complete with bombed-out-looking locker rooms and tattered corporate logos.
While trucks continue to rearrange the dirt on the stadium floor, explosives crews will prepare the stadium for the explosives. According to Dykon Explosives President Jim Redyke, it'll take about a week to place the dynamite charges in the 2,200 holes drilled into stadium supports.
So is there anything that makes Texas Stadium job different from all the others? Redyke seemed ready for this question.
"They're all special and unique and different, till it's on the ground," he said.
|Two of the 2,200 holes being drilled to make room for dynamite charges.|