Animated panorama of a stadium implosion -- from the inside!

Mack sez, "This is easily the single coolest video you will watch all month: Immersive Media captured the controlled-implosion death of the defunct Texas Stadium on video that can be viewed as a full 720-degree Quicktime VR Flash panorama. Spin around as the charges go off and the roof collapses around you. Giddy fun."

Stadium implosion video/QTVR (Thanks, Mack!)


    1. You can clearly see blast squibs preceding the explosions — obviously this was a controlled demolition, and will be used to take away our freedoms and coral us into NWO death camps and get chips in our hands ;)

      Also, this would be an amazing half life 2 level.

  1. Indeed interesting, but for me it would be more fun if it were a building that wasn’t a fixture of my childhood. I never went to a game — never entered the parking lot. But it was nevertheless a significant fixture.

  2. They need to pipe this into the helmet on that Cyberwalk thing Mark posted a few days ago. I can’t even think of a better use for it.

  3. sweet! I couldn’t bring myself to show up to watch it implode. This is one of the best videos of that event!

  4. Maybe “720 degrees” is a standard misnomer in talking about panoramas, but 4*pi steradians would be the correct description.

  5. Holy crap. Turn 90 degrees to one side, then look straight up to see what hits you…

  6. This is an awesome video but a sad statement of our culture. Would this be done in Athens France or Egypt? We build use up and destroy to build new.

    1. #12: Happened all the time. Almost all the stones from Hadrian’s wall and its forts were re-purposed.

  7. Agreed, the straight up view is best. I was wondering why they didn’t film long enough to watch the back half of the stadium collapse. Now I know why.

  8. It actually DID feel like I was watching a computer game. I thought of Half-Life as soon as the first portion of the roof broke apart all the way until the girder killed me.

  9. That was no controlled implosion. The stadium was hit by a fully laden Piper Cherokee.

    Captcha Fun: fluid airliners :D

  10. with all the explosive shock waves and ground vibration from the falling structure, how did they keep that camera perfectly still?

  11. I wonder how bad the damage was to the camera, and how expensive it was :)

    For people wanting walkthroughs, here’s a hint: the girder swings down in an arc, because one side of the roof it’s connected to is still supported.

    Full answer below (Rot13 SPOILER):
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    If you’re too lazy to visit, here’s it decoded after being disemvowelled (so, disembhnrv’d):
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  12. Cool post. glad to see i wasnt the only one reaching for the w.a.s.d keys, AAAHHH!

  13. FYI, the Immersive Media guys emailed to correct me on the technology:

    … we don’t use QuickTime VR. This is our Flash implementation in real-time video.

  14. This is a 360 degree live (real) video not an animation. BigLook360 spent an enormous amount of time and resources to pull this off with help from Immersive Media to make it happen.

    I was at the stadium -what was left of it, this morning to see what was left of the camera system…stay tuned.

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