VIDEO: Amway Arena goes up in smoke

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ORLANDO -- After more than 20 years of memory-making events and Orlando history, the Amway Arena came tumbling down Sunday morning.

Officials used 620 pounds of explosives to implode the "O- Rena" in order to eventually make room for a new development.

The explosions went off at 7:30 a.m., marking the end of an era.

Originally called the Orlando Arena, the 367,000 square foot venue opened in January 1989.

The arena played host to several big moments in Orlando sporting history, including the NBA All-Star Game in 1992 and the NBA Finals in 1995 and 2009.

The city plans to turn the former arena site into a so- called Creative Village, a 68-acre mixed use development with the goal of advancing high-tech companies.

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