Humana Riverview building imploded to make way for new arena - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Humana Riverview building imploded to make way for new arena

A major downtown Louisville office building disappeared Saturday morning in just 12 seconds. The city imploded a former Humana building to make way for the new arena.

12 seconds and part of the Louisville skyline is reduced to rubble. Black "blast curtains" protected surrounding buildings from flying debris.

More than 800 holes drilled into the gutted office building held 500 pounds of nitroglycerin. Humana Riverview Square came crashing down, just after 7 A.M. A scene exciting enough to convince these people to wake up early on a Saturday morning.

Patti Worley, spectator says, "We enjoyed the feel of it." Spectators found the best views from nearby buildings, including the Galt House. The hotel offered 50 rooms with discounted "implosion packages.  "One Humana employee watched her former riverfront office disappear into the dust.

Kathy Hester, Humana employee says, "I had an awesome view." Saturday morning's view was a sight you don't see every day.

The Arena Authority is working to secure bonds next week to finance the arena project that began in 2005.  Jim Host, Arena Authority Chair says, "Three years of my life. And a very significant day for Kentucky."

Aaron Pitts, spectator says, "Well, we're going to see something there. I'm sure there will be some great ball games there and other events, too."  Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson says, "It looks to me like construction will begin shortly.  2010, here we come."

The next target for demolition is an old LG&E substation next to the Galt House. The plan is to clear out the entire arena site by early October.

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