Videos of The Stardust Implosion

Videos of The Stardust Implosion

stardust implosion picture - videos of the vegas stardust hotel implosion below
The Stardust was imploded on 3rd March 2007 to make way for the $4 billion Echelon Place resort. The Stardust was one of the Strip’s more iconic casinos, and had been running since 1958. Now, all that’s left is rubble, and the promise of another 5,300 rooms being built in its place.

But enough of the tear-jerking sorrow – in Vegas, everything’s a show, and that includes imploding buildings! And with The Stardust, Boyd Gaming (its owners, and the people behind Echelon Place) pulled out all the stops to create one of the most amazing implosions yet seen.

See the video of The Stardust’s implosion after the jump.

I was annoyed when the pulled down The Stardust. Not because of fond memories, but because they imploded it just 5 weeks before I was due to go to Vegas, and so I missed out on seeing it for myself!

Although not quite as good as seeing the implosion in real life, these videos at least give you (and me!) a feel for just how great a spectacle it was.

The fireworks show that preceded the implosion was a glorious spectacle in its own right, and the way the demolition crew orchestrated the implosion, with the countdown lit up on the building’s front, was sheer Vegas showbiz!

After that, the implosion itself almost seemed like an anti-climax, lost as it was in the dark Vegas night. The reason for this, though, was that he spotlights that were meant to be illuminating the Stardust as it went crashing to the ground, suddenly went out – just the building went crashing down! Bugger! The use of blue lasers sweeping through the clouds at the end was a nice touch, though.

In total, 400 pounds of explosives were used to bring The Stardust down, which, at 32 stories, was the tallest building in Vegas to be imploded to date. Twenty water cannons were used afterwards to damp down the debris.

Boyd Gaming spokesman Rob Stillwell said the cost of the implosion ran into the millions, although he couldn’t put an exact figure on it. It had to be expensive, though – just the 20 water cannons alone (and they were still being used when I was there 5 weeks later!) must have cost a fortune, given that water’s a rather rare commodity in the middle of a desert!

One good thing to come from The Stardust’s implosion was the great views of the Strip currently being enjoyed form Circus Circus. The view will only last for a year or so, though, as construction of the new Echelon Place is expected to start in June 2007, and given that this will comprise 4 distinct towers, there won’t be much of a view left.

Echelon Place Las Vegas, and its position next to Circus Circus

As the pic above shows, you’ll at least get to see Echelon Place’s shiny new Shangri-La Tower, but that’ll be your lot, looking south. Still, with MGM Mirage planning to build another huge mega-resort on the other side of Circus Circus, you might get a better view looking north after 2010 – that is, of course, if Circus Circus itself isn’t imploded before then!

[Source: BoydGaming, VegasTodayAndTomorrow]

One Response

  1. Maxwell October 3, 2008 at 2:26 am #

    this is one of the saddest things I can remember. another classic hotel demo-ed for the new glass and steel peice of crap like all the other modern casinos . some popele go to vegas for the history . to feel like a part of the old rat pack days, god forbid that we relive alittle of the past in the old building s that made vegas famous. when vegas is new us old poeple with our retirement money and pension plans . might just as well go to flordia , or mexico. thanks for the video , watching it brnigs tears to my eyes

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