The Reverend Billy Graham dedicated it, and the next morning, the scoreboard crashed to the floor and ruined the new basketball court.
Then-President Clinton watched Arkansas win a national collegiate basketball title there. A capacity crowd listened to Mother Teresa.
With 24-thousand seats, the Charlotte Coliseum was the biggest
building to house an N-B-A franchise. After Sunday morning, it will be a pile of concrete and steel to be hauled away.
C-S-T Environmental of nearby Mint Hill will use 550 pounds of
explosives on the 465-thousand-square-foot building. Company
officials say 93 percent of the building's materials will be recycled. Much of its brick and masonry will be used on the site as fill for a 170-acre development that will include residences, retail and office space and a hotel.
The Coliseum hasn't been used since October 2005, replaced as an
indoor sports and entertainment venue by the Charlotte Bobcats
Arena in uptown.