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Sunday, 11 February, 2001, 16:18 GMT
In pictures: Stadium's final curtain
After 30 years of explosive action, one of America's most famous stadiums has gone out with a bang.

The way it was: The stadium was seen as an eyesore
Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh was the scene of World Series wins, Super Bowl champions and top rock concerts

Explosives detonate at the base of the stadium
But the home of the city's Steelers football team and Pirates baseball team was seen as an eyesore

The stadium begins to break up
Some 2,700 sticks of dynamite were detonated at the base

Within seconds the whole stadium is destroyed
More than 180,000 tons of concrete were sent crashing to the ground

Safety workers monitor the operation from the river
Safety workers monitored the operation from the river

Only rubble and dust remain, as the new football stadium (left) stands alone
Nineteen seconds later only rubble and dust remained

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