A circus at the St. Louis Arena, shortly after it opened in 1929. Photograph by W.C. Persons. Missouri Historical Society
The Marana Town Council is moving forward with a $5 million plan to develop the 163-acre Marana River Heritage Park with a rodeo arena, splash park and more.
Shelly Clark of Illinois goes past Mizzou's Jevon Crudup for a shot in the first half of the annual Braggin' Rights Game at the St. Louis Arena in 1993. The game went three overtimes before Mizzou prevailed, 108-107.
The St. Louis Arena also hosted the St. Louis Steamers, an indoor soccer team. Captain Steamer, shown in this 1980 photo, would dress in a light blue cape and helmet and run around the perimeter of the seats at the Arena (or the Checkerdome at this point) every time the Steamers scored a goal.
Tom Optich sorts through bricks from the Arena to find that certain special brick that says "take me home" during a sale of bricks from the demolished building on May 1, 1999. He is wearing his vintage Blues sweater. "I thought that wearing the jersey would be appropriate for the occasion," he said.
A fight on the ice at the St. Louis Arena during a St. Louis Flyers game in 1948. Instead of Plexiglas, seats along the boards were protected by chicken wire. Post-Dispatch file photo
St. Louis Blues owner Mike Shanahan agonizing from the owner's box at a game at the St. Louis Arena in January 1987. Photo by Scott C. Dine of the Post-Dispatch
A balancing act performs at the Police Circus, held at the St. Louis Arena ca. 1949. Photo by Eugene Taylor. Scan copyright Missouri Historical Society, 1999.
The Dallas Stars mob their goalie in the north end of the St. Louis Arena as the Blues end the 1994 season and their life at the Arena after being eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs once again. Photo by Kevin Manning of the Post-Dispatch
Erection of steel framework for the St. Louis Arena roof on March 15, 1929. Photograph by W.C. Persons. Scan copywrite Missouri Historical Society, 1999.
Amanda Litzau, top, and her cousin Hannah Litzau cry together moments after the St. Louis Arena fell on Feb. 27, 1999. Photo by Jamie Rector of the Post-Dispatch
A crowd watches, waiting to see the rubble that was once the Arena, as the dust settles on Feb. 27, 1999. Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr. of the Post-Dispatch
St. Louisan Virgil Akins knocked Vince Martinez to the canvas nine times in four rounds before being declared world welterweight champion in a bout at the St. Louis Arena in 1958.
Linda Kiel Vaughan of St. Louis kept a nightly vigil at the St. Louis Arena in the days before it was demolished. This photo shows her on Feb. 26, 1999. Photo by Wendi Fitzgerald
James Sutton shows off his homemade model of the St. Louis Arena as a crowd awaits the demolition of the real thing on Feb. 27, 1999. "I think I'll keep this one around," said Sutton.
A lone demolition expert watches as the St. Louis Arena tumbles into the past on Feb. 27, 1999. Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr. of the Post-Dispatch
John McEnroe reaches low to return a shot from Mats Wilander in Davis Cup action at the St. Louis Arena (Checkerdome) on July 11, 1982. McEnroe beat Wilander in a six-hour, 39-minute match that clinched the U.S. victory. Photo by Wayne Crosslin of the Post-Dispatch
The inside of the St. Louis Arena fell into disrepair.
The Blues' Doug Wickenheiser, No. 14, exults after scoring the "Monday Night Miracle" goal against Calgary in overtime of Game 6 of the Campbell Conference finals at the St. Louis Arena on May 12, 1986. (Future Blues defenseman Al MacInnis is at right — in a Calgary sweater.) Photo by Kevin …
Artist David R. Mueller of Gallery Unique in Barnhart sold hand-painted prints of the St. Louis Arena to spectators who came to get one last look of the building on Feb. 26, 1999, the night before its destruction. The painting has one of the billboards left empty for Mueller to add a buyer's name.