Phillies Decide to Implode Veterans Stadium in February

Thu September 04, 2003 - National Edition

PHILADELPHIA (AP) For many Eagles and Phillies fans, it will be a dream come true.

After months of engineering studies, the Philadelphia Phillies have decided that an implosion is the best way to demolish Veterans Stadium early next year.

The home to the Phillies and Eagles for the past three decades will come down in February.

The implosion will do less damage to nearby homes and to the Broad Street subway line, which runs near the stadium, said John Stranix, who is helping oversee the Vet demolition and construction of the Phillies’ new ballpark.

”It’s not the same impact and duration as using a wrecking ball,’ Stranix said. ”It happens relatively rapidly, with very little vibration, and no impact on the surrounding facilities and communities.’