Watched the Giants-Cowboys game in the new $1.15 billion dollar Taxpayer Dome in Arlington, Texas.
It is an eye-popping structure, replacing Texas Stadium in Irving, which was built for $35 million all of 38 years ago. To someone who has grown up with Fenway Park, a 38-year-old building is still new. But by NFL standards, it was obsolete. It is now being used as a construction/staging area by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Which brings me to two buildings that are being demolished this month. Two buildings I “grew up” in in the business.
The old Channel 3 building at Hartford’s Constitution Plaza is coming down right now. I look inside the gaping holes left by the demolition and I can see the people who occupied those offices. I can hear the conversations we had, the screaming and yelling, but mostly the laughter. We laughed a lot. In the news business, you have to, because it feels so much better than banging your head against the wall. A new office tower will rise in its place.
And oh so soon, the old Channel 30 building will come down, too. Two old buildings housing two old competitors with one common denominator: lots of good people did lots of good work within their walls.
Once the Channel 3o building comes down, we’ll finally have that freshly-paved parking lot we’ve been waiting a long time for.
And imagine this: if a similar timeline holds in Texas, the Jerry Jones Dome could be a DOT parking lot in 2047.