When it opened 33 years ago, the Sundome in Sun City West was the largest single-story performing-arts center in the country.
It cost almost $9 million to build and was designed primarily as a concert hall with nearly 7,200 seats.
By 2005, the Sundome Center for the Performing Arts was a white elephant and was sold by Arizona State University to Maricopa County for just $10.
Now, it's scheduled to be demolished by the end of this summer after workers salvage the seats and memorabilia.
The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/19V5aT0) that a new shopping center is planned for the site.
Maricopa County gave the Sundome back to ASU in 2007 and last year, a developer bought the 16-acre site for $2 million.
Some say the venue had become an eyesore.
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