The old Amway Arena, also known as the O-rena and the TD Waterhouse Centre, was brought down in a controlled implosion around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Many memories were made at the venue since the grand opening in January 1989 – from high school graduations to concerts with Jimmy Buffet, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Bare Naked Ladies and so many more – and, of course, Magic basketball, Predators football and hockey with the Solar Bears! But all that ended on March 25, 2012, when demolition crews used about 520 pounds of dynamite to bring down the old arena at a cost of $200 million dollars – almost twice what it cost to build the arena!
READ Spectrum News article: Memories remain as Amway Arena implosion looms
READ Spectrum News article: Implosion crews conduct test blast inside old Amway Arena
READ technical info on the implosion from ForConstructionPros.com
WATCH this 3 minute video of the implosion shot from multiple angles as well as the aftermath at ImplosionWorld.com
WATCH this video from OrlandoSentinel.com