Civic Auditorium demolition begins

Posted at 5:52 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 18:52:06-04

An era came to an end on Tuesday, as demolition crews began knocking down the walls of the Civic Auditorium.

The auditorium has hosted thousands of events over 60 years.

It used to be home to the Creighton Basketball team, host hockey games, concerts, graduations, and even hosted President Obama in 2008. 

The Civic Auditorium holds a lot of memories for so many people.   

“People I have talked today have remarked they saw their first concert here, I saw my first concert here probably 1972,” said Dorothy Qualley.

But even though the building holds pieces of Omaha history, Omaha Parks and Recreation Director, Brook Bench, said it's time to move on and build up the area.

“I worked there, I know how old the building was and it is time to move on from here and have a great mixed use site, and when people at Tertrad has developed they will be very impressed,” said Bench.

The Tetrad Property Group plans to build apartments, office space, and restaurants on the lot.

“In this area right here, having that, there is not anything like that right here,” said Bench.

Quallley said she is excited to see new things built but it is hard to watch the demolition.

“You just hate to see something that has been a big part of your life go.”

The demolition will continue throughout the fall and the goal is to have to building completely gone by Christmas.