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Veterans Stadium comes down
Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, one of the last of the "cookie-cutter" ballparks and the site of 33 years worth of Phillies memories, was razed at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Full story  |  Photos
• Last day: Final celebration | Vet bids goodbye
Closing ceremony: Photos
1980 WORLD SERIES, GAME 6
It was possibly the most memorable game ever played at Veterans Stadium: Royals vs. Phils in Game 6 of the 1980 World Series.
Watch it now | More games >

Timeline: Connie Mack Stadium to the Citizens Bank Park
Oct. 2, 1967
Ground-breaking ceremonies for Veterans Stadium
Oct. 1, 1970
Phils beat Expos in Connie Mack Stadium finale
Apr. 10, 1971
Phils beat Expos in first game at Veterans Stadium
Oct. 21, 1980
Phils win their
only World Series championship
Dec., 2000
City Council approves $1
billion stadium deal
Jan., 2002
Excavation begins at the site of the new ballpark

  FINAL WEEKEND  
Phillies announce All-Vet team
One at a time they walked onto the Veterans Stadium turf. Wearing black tuxedo pants and shirts covered up with a smart red pinstriped white sports coat, the Phillies announced the members of the All-Vet team. See the lineup >
  MORE FEATURES  
Singer: A final first day for the Vet
Another opening, another show. For Veterans Stadium, this was the last curtain. For its resident Phillies, who brought Jim Thome and so much hope with them north from Florida, it was just plain curtains. It was about memories, about seeing 32 years flash in front of 60,000 eyes. More >
  FACTS & FIGURES
First game: April 10, 1971
Jim Bunning led the Phils to a 4-1 win over the Expos before 55,352.
Box score | Complete '71 roster

Did you know?
• Jim Bunning, the starting and winning pitcher for the Vet opener, was the oldest (39) starting pitcher in the majors when he took the mound on April 10, 1971.

• Only seven players on the 2003 Phillies roster were born when the Vet opened: Dan Plesac, Jose Mesa, Todd Pratt, Rheal Cormier, Turk Wendell, Jim Thome and Tyler Houston.