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June 2019

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As a result, the implosion was designed in a way to bring U-Hall down away from those entities. "All we are really trying to do is to con- trol the structure as we are bringing it down and bring it down as safely as possible," Campbell said. Campbell's demolition experts performed flawlessly, the implosion was a success and the surrounding buildings and grounds were safe. With the initiation of the explosives, after the dust settled, U-Hall laid in rubble. But as the owner of "Ralph's House," Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson, said the memories are unforgettable. "For me, University Hall was at its great- est the first time I stepped in to play a game," Sampson recalled. "For four years it was an amazing, magical building for not only the players but the fans. It was very loud, very exciting and fun to be a part of. "When we hit the floor from the locker room the fans were just crazy! But to see it in the state it is today, just a shell of the building, I think it's very surreal. When the implosion happens, I'm sure the memories will fly from the guys that played there and seen it. "That was a special building there. People should never forget the athletes that walked in that building and the memories should last forever." tionally televised 89-73 conquest on Super Bowl Sun- day vaults the Cavaliers to their first No. 1 ranking. Feb. 3, 1982 — UNC freshman "Mike" Jordan scored a team-high 17 points, but Sampson and Othell Wilson combined for 38 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 74-58 win over the No. 2-ranked and eventual national champion Tar Heels. March 6, 1983 — In his final home game, Sampson converts a 14-footer in the closing seconds to hand Maryland an 83-81 defeat. Jan. 30, 1986 — Virginia earns its first — and still only — win over a top-ranked team with an 86-73 vic- tory over No. 1 North Carolina. Feb. 5, 1986 — Offering every fan a free hot dog, Virginia draws a record, standing-room-only crowd of 11,174 to U-Hall for the undefeated Cavaliers' wom- en's game against North Carolina. The Tar Heels win 60-58, and a local fire marshal later orders the arena's capacity to be reduced. Jan. 16, 1989 — With head coach Terry Holland at home recovering from surgery, unranked Virginia and interim coach Dave Odom dismantle No. 8 UNC 106-83, the Tar Heels' worst loss since December 1964. Feb. 25, 1990 — UVA offers free pre-game haircuts to match coach Terry Holland's new buzz cut as Virginia proceeds to take down North Carolina State 77-71. March 1, 1990 — In his first season as Wake Forest's head coach, Odom spoils Holland's final home game, with the Deacons defeating the Cavaliers 51-50. March 2, 1992 — BRYANT STITH scores 29 points in his final home game, a 74-68 victory over North Caro- lina State. Virginia retired Stith's No. 20 in postgame ceremonies. He remains the program's career scoring leader with 2,516 points. March 28, 1992 — Heather Burge (28 points) and Dawn Staley (21 points, nine assists and four steals) lead No. 1 Virginia over Vanderbilt 70-58 in the NCAA East Regional final, sending the Cavaliers to their third consecutive Final Four. Jan. 28, 1995 — With a 128-98 win over George PHOTO COURTESY RENASCENT, INC. SCAN THE QR CODE TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE UNIVERSITY HALL IMPLOSION 14 CAVALIER CORNER UVA Basketball legends Dawn Staley and Ralph Sampson, and Virginia Board of Visitors mem- ber Robert Hardie helped detonate the ceremo- nial plunger before U-Hall was imploded. PHOTO BY MATT RILEY/ COURTESY UVA

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