The venerable 29-year-old sports arena took one final breath, then collapsed inward in a wavelike formation at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
A&R Demolition will spend the next month removing the steel from the roof for recycling and resale.
The arena is the former home to the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the NHL’s Dallas Stars. The Mavericks and the Stars now play at the American Airlines Center.
The Dallas City Council in February approved a more than $2 million contract with A&R Demolition to level the outdated sports and entertainment venue, which opened in 1980.
In June of last year, Reunion Arena hosted its last event- a Spanish-language religious service.
Date Built 1980
(Management) City of Dallas
(City of Dallas)
Cost of Construction $27 million
Arena Financing 100% publicly financed.
First regular-season game: Oct. 5, 1993
6-4 over the Detroit Red Wings
First goal: Neal Broten, Dallas Stars
First playoff game: April 17, 1994
5-3 over the St. Louis Blues
For a building slammed by critics as obsolete after only 20 years, Reunion Arena has certainly packed more than its share of sports history and memorable moments into two decades.
A Stanley Cup was raised on its oft-criticized ice.
An NCAA men's Final Four champion and the unlikeliest of NBA dunk winners were crowned in its midst.
One of the noisiest, most captivating games in NBA playoff history was played on its floor.