Tuesday, December 27, 2005
New Haven Coliseum - Oct 06 2005
Workers at the Knights of Columbus recall watching the circus animals be escorted in one by one and two by two...
The New HavenVeterans Memorial Coliseum was built in 1972. 33 years ago.
Did you know....that from July 1-9, 1995, the city hosted the Ninth Special Olympics World Summer Games.
The official address: 275 South Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510. (203) 503-6000
New Haven Coliseum - Nov 16 2005
Jersey barriers and chain link fences began to surround the Coliseum on State, Orange, George & Oak Streets. The New Haven Knights of the United Hockey League, New Haven Nighthawks and Beast of New Haven of the American Hockey League all played there.....
did You know: The Coliseum was designed by the architects Kevin Roche / John Dinkeloo & Associates. The Coliseum hosted events from 1972 to September 1, 2002, when it closed permanently.
The final event held there was a Professional Wrestling show held by World Wrestling Entertainment....
The Parking lots for the Coliseum were constructed on top of the actual Coliseum itself.The New Haven marketplace found the approach to parking less than desirable upon the views of the quarter mile helical ramps ....
Street storefronts and an exhibition hall were never completed.
The Coliseum could hold 11,171 people at full capacity.
New Haven Coliseum - Nov 29 2005
The city shut the facility down after concluding that it was a drain on city coffers.
The city did not hold any public hearings, referendum votes, or conduct any legitimate surveys.
Several groups, local stakeholders, and the Coalition to Save Our Coliseum mounted a campaign to save and renovate the Coliseum.
Concrete was seperated from cold steel. Seats lay in piles of red and blue - leaving behind ghost of children, adults, teenagers from all walks of life with happy memories from the past.
New Haven Coliseum - Dec 11 2005
Then one December Day - the light of day could be seen clear through were heart of where the Coliseum once stood. The 4.5 acres of land is slowly opening up to a new era and in the infancy of a new Century.
Who knew that one day I would work next door to this historic site. Where on Dec 9, 1967 the Lizard King was fined $25 for disturbing the peace.
"Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven....."
The Demolition will be upon us soon...most likely on an early Sunday morning.....
Then one day...the marina slowly started to disappear......
Fingers and pilings disappeared left and right.....
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