There were 10 to 12 distinct loud booms and then the west side of Kyle Field came tumbling down.
The sight of the nine-level elevator shaft falling toward Wellborn Road was met with wild cheering from more than 5,000 spectators who watched from the Reed Arena parking lot. Another 2,000 were scattered across campus, police said.
The implosion - facilitated by 735 pounds of gelatin-based dynamite that rattled all the campus buildings and inched into neighboring Bryan - was swiftly followed by a massive cloud of dust that covered everything in its westward path with layers of dirt.
After the dust settled, crews from Lindamood Demolition began hauling away piles of debris, which is estimated to weigh 75,000 tons - 150 million pounds.
The implosion was necessary to continue the second phase of the stadium's redevelopment. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said during a ceremony prior to the big event that another $35 million in donations were collected for the project, which now tops $485 million.