Sept. 8, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The landscape of the Air Force Academy's athletic department has changed dramatically since demolition began at the Cadet Outdoor Track Stadium on Aug. 18. In just three weeks, the Falcons' outdoor track has become a dirt field, with the bleachers being relegated to the south end of the existing structure. The only remaining landmark of the original venue is the two-story multi-purpose building.
During the first week, the east bleachers were removed and the curbs around the track were removed. The construction crews then began demolishing the track, leaving the top layer of surfacing in a large pile in the final section of the straightaway. By Aug. 30, the grass had been stripped away and the only remaining sections of infield were two old runways for the pole vault and long/triple jump. The final segment of demolition occurred during the first week of September, when the west side bleachers were removed.
The project will now move into the beginning construction phase. During the first few weeks of September, the construction crews will set the concrete forms and pour the curbs and field event surrounds. Click below for photo galleries of the demolition phases and stay tuned to GoAirForceFalcons.com for continuous updates on the renovation of the Cadet Outdoor Track Stadium.