It took some 15 seconds and hundreds of pounds of explosives to bring down the 18-year-old Charlotte Coliseum Sunday morning.
Many of the hundreds of spectators gathered on the parking lot for the implosion clapped and cheered as the relatively young relic tumbled.
It had helped bring the once-sleepy town into the sports mainstream, hosting the city's first major pro sports team and was home to the Final Four and the N-B-A All-Star game. Mother Teresa even gave a speech there.
An office park, condos, a hotel and a park with walking and biking trails will take its place.