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City skyline changes with RCA Dome deflation

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Indianapolis - "Let the air out of the Hoosier Dome!"

With those words, the powerful fans were turned off and the roof of the RCA Dome began coming down - not with a bang, but with a whisper.

Eyewitness News had cameras inside. The deflation took about 35 minutes.

As the roof slowly disappeared from the Indianapolis skyline, city leaders shared their memories of Colts football, the men's Final Four and other events like Motocross.

Mike Fox, who managed the Dome, proposed to his wife here the year it opened.

"Rhonda said yes, the Hoosiers went to the Final Four and I met Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania," said Fox.

"It has served us well. It has generated millions of customers for downtown," said Indianapolis Downtown Inc's Tamara Zahn.

From sports and music championships to international conventions, almost every Hoosier has a favorite time from the Dome's 24-year history.

"I think it was in '05, when Peyton threw the ball to Marvin, and it was the most touchdowns in NFL history. And I was in that corner end zone," said Zack Legend, fan.

The roof coming down is the first visible sign of the Dome's demise. It's being demolished to make way for the Convention Center expansion.

"It will subside into the dustbin of history but never from our hearts," said Former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut.

Former Mayor Hudnut was instrumental in building the Dome and bringing the Colts to Indianapolis. He called the event bittersweet.

"I'm glad for the progress of the city, but this is a labor of love and when you love a labor of love you have regrets," said Hudnut.

At 11:30 Wednesday morning it was gone from view - its successor, Lucas Oil stadium, is taking its new place along the Indianapolis skyline.

Next up is demolition of the stadium, and construction of the $275 million Convention Center Expansion, which combined with the stadium, will increase space from 725,000 square feet to more than 1.2 million square feet. Its scheduled to open late fall of 2010.

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