Something big happened in Bangor, on June 3rd, 2013!

Everyone in Eastern Maine of a certain age probably has at least one recollection of the Bangor Auditorium. Whether it was a high basketball tournament game, a concert, or the circus, lots of memories were made in the 50 plus years it was a part of the community.

Before the doors opened to the beautiful, Cross Insurance Center, the old one had to be torn down. It all started back on June 3rd, 2013, and we dug up some videos of the demolition of the now iconic building being torn to the ground. I vividly remember thinking how strange it was to see it be crushed into rubble, with a shiny new replacement right next to it.

Of course, when one door closes, another one opens, and in this case, it was a brand spanking new modern building. It was proof positive that Bangor has grown by leaps in bounds in the last 10 or so years.

I was lucky enough to attend my nephews Bangor High School graduation at the Cross Insurance Center in June of 2013. In fact, it was one of the first events held in the new facility.

In the 9 years since, some of the biggest musical acts in the world have appeared there, including the legendary, Elton John, which I had the pleasure of seeing back in November of 2017.

So as much as we may all have some nostalgia for the old Bangor Auditorium, it sure is nice to have a modern venue to attract such amazing events.

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