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COLLEGE STATION, Texas Crews spent their day Monday tearing down the G. Rollie White Coliseum at Texas A&M University.

The Coliseum, built in the 1950's, was home to countless A&M graduations and basketball games. It even hosted concerts with big names like Garth Brooks, Elvis Presley and Huey Lewis and the News.

Many students walked by, some without even taking a second glance, as crews had their way with the building. Some said they didn't even know the building was coming down.

The demolition is the first phase of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of Kyle Field.

Judge Willie Blackmon graduated A&M in 1973. He's been a municipal judge in Houston for about a decade, but said he can't wait to get back to College Station. He has many memories of the coliseum, including his own graduation.

"This means a lot to me. Tears almost come to my eyes watching it go down," said Blackmon. "But at the same time, I have this joy in my heart watching other things rise up."

Erika Arthur, 20, is a junior at A&M. She said even though she's only been going to school for a short while, she grew up in College Station and spent a lot of time at the coliseum.

"It's kind of sad that expansion has to occur, and we have to get rid of a building that's been here," said Aruthur. "And that holds so many memories to not only students, but alumni."

Offices for the A&M Lettermen's Association, along with those within the Department of Health and Kinesiology, have been relocated.

According to Aggieathletics.com, there hasn't been an N-C-A-A sporting event there since 2008.


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