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Charlotte Coliseum Implosion
By: Heartland News
Rainy weather didn't prevent a landmark in Charlotte, North Carolina from turning into rubble early Sunday morning. 

550-pounds of explosives brought down the Charlotte Coliseum, marking the demise of the 24,000 seat building.

The former home of the Charlotte Hornets, the building was once the largest building in professional basketball. The Hornets would later move to New Orleans and the coliseum was eventually replaced as an indoor sports and entertainment venue by the Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Built in 1988, Frank Sinatra was the first to perform at the coliseum. Mother Theresa spoke to a full house in 1995.

The building is being replaced by the 170-acre development City Park, which will include retail and office spaces, residences and a hotel with a three-mile trail for walking.