20 years ago, the Richfield Coliseum was shut down. The only concert I ever saw there was Rush with Primus as the opening act. I think it was 1993. I have the ticket stub somewhere. I was 16 or 17 and barely remember anything thanks to a certain substance I no longer toy with, but can recall a couple of memories:
1.) The sound system there sucked but it was so loud and I loved the impact of the bass just convulsing through my body.
2.) I remember not having any money to buy merch there. I could barely afford the ticket as a kid with no real part-time job. Still, I was beyond stoked to be there, it was a conquest of sorts for me that soon turned into an addiction.
3.) Everyone was smoking cigarettes or other substances inside. Our seats sucked and he were high up so all the smoke hung out around us.
4.) Some white trash bimbo tried to get us kicked out by telling the ushers that we were smoking weed. She later dropped a poorly rolled joint under my seat and asked me to get it for her.
5.) I saw Rush play Tom Sawyer live. I do not care how many times I have heard that song over the years, that song still jams.
A few years later, the place was leveled. I still never understood why they just closed it down and let it go. Sure, they wanted to move the Cavs and other Cleveland sporting events to downtown Cleveland, but I still think someone should have stepped up and took over. I am sure it was more of a money issue than anything.
When I was a young kid, my parents used to take my brother and I to the Coliseum to see everything from Sesame Street On Ice to WWF events to Force games. For a while there, I was going to a ton of Cavs games with my father. It was a familiar territory for me.
I just actually passed the vacant land where the Coliseum once stood and thought about my final visit there. It is almost depressing to see, but when you think about it, change is evident.