Thousands watch the Plaza Hotel implosion
COLLEGE STATION -- After months of waiting the day finally arrived when one of College Station's biggest eyesores, the Plaza Hotel, came down with a bang.
Thousands showed up to watch the implosion and Lauren Holman was there to document it all.
Before the sun even came up more than 4,000 lined A&M's polo field and the surrounding streets to catch a glimpse of history in the making.
"We thought we were going to be the only ones out here which is pretty ridiculous now that we realize because there were so many people out here, it was so crowded," said College Station resident, Melissa Cunningham.
Mayor Nancy Berry said, "You know this is a big deal. It's a big deal even if it were nothing other than the implosion because something like this doesn't happen everyday."
The Plaza has called the corner of Texas Avenue and University Drive home for more than 30 years but in a matter of seconds the tallest building in College Station was wiped out.
One A&M student said, "Yes it was incredible, life changing. Two thumbs up."
And Cunningham added, "It was so exciting and you could feel it in your chest when it went down."
But for Joe Ferreri, who built the hotel so many years ago, the moment was bittersweet.
"It made my heart go putter, putter, putter. I just couldn't believe anything that nice could go down so fast."
The smoke has cleared and the crowd has gone home and what used to be a 17-story College Station landmark is now just a pile of rubble, changing the College Station skyline forever.