The bulldozers and wrecking ball move into Victory Stadium in Roanoke today, starting their work to reduce the cityâ€™s historic landmark to rubble.
Voters in Roanoke sealed the stadiumâ€™s fate when they elected an independent City Council slate favoring demolition of the structure.
Built 60 years ago, Victory Stadium hosted sporting events, musical concerts, graduations and even weddings. I took a date there to see Hermanâ€™s Hermits in 1964 and covered musical events for The Roanoke Times from 1965-69.
I also shot many photos of the stadium while working for The Times but those images belong to the newspaper, not me, and I couldnâ€™t find a single shot of the stadium among the negatives for that era.
Too bad. I should have paid more attention and headed for Roanoke this weekend to shoot a final set of shots of yet another landmark that fell victim to changes in attitude.