It was the end of an era in Huntington Monday. Demolition started on the Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse building. Huntington-based Atlantic Plant Services is in charge of tearing down the aging structure to make room for a new soccer and athletic complex for Marshall University.
It will only take about three days to demolish the building, then another couple days to sort through what's left and recycle and discard the scraps.
Senior vice president of Atlantic Plant Services Rick Meckstroth says, "It's probably a year and a half project to build one, and six days to get it to the ground. So that's kind of amazing in all the hard work that you put into this building to begin with, but over the years it's done its job, the people in Huntington have really enjoyed it, and hopefully this new facility will be just as enjoyable."
The Fieldhouse opened in 1950. Its last event, an alumni basketball game, was held there in February.
Former IRS commissioner heads to Hill amid scandal May 21, 2013 8:54 AM EDT The former head of the Internal Revenue Service heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, giving lawmakers their first opportunity to question the man who ran the agency when agents were improperly targeting tea party groups.