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Final farewell to the former Plaza Hotel

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COLLEGE STATION- The Plaza implosion Thursday morning saw a big turnout with thousands of people from around the state.

Crowds packed the Polo Field on A&M's campus for a once in a lifetime experience.

Bryan Palmer drove all the way from Austin with his friends to see the implosion, "I used to live here and I never seen a building blow up before, so it was something to see."

6 year old Maggie Cunningham from College Station got up early with her mom to get a good spot,"I've never seen anything like this before."

Brandon Matula drove 4 hours from Halletsville,"A building is about to blow up.. You can't beat that."

For the past 30 year the Plaza Hotel has been a landmark in College Station and that's why around 5,000 people showed up Thursday morning to say goodbye.

Judy Reynolds from Bryan said, "The excitement of seeing everything go down, but then it's sad because it's been an icon here for years."

"Very exciting, Made my heart go padder padder." Joe Ferreri was the original constructor of the 17 story tower back in the 1980's. 

"The tower took one year to design, one year to build and one minute to destroy," Ferreri said. 

The city said farewell to the abandoned hotel and is now looking forward to the rubble left behind turning into a mixed use facility with student housing, retail businesses and restaurants.

"More than the implosion is really the fact that this is going to be the start of an exciting development and adventure," College Station Mayor Nancy Berry said. 

"That building has been empty for years and an eyesore," Bryan Palmer said, "And now it's gone and hopefully something better and bigger will show up."

The empty skyline now symbolizes new beginnings.

It will take crews at least two months to clean up the site and start building the new facility.