After 40 years of New York State Fair events, the Grandstand is coming down and you can watch

January 8, 2016 by Rachel Cera

The Grandstand at the New York State Fairgrounds near Syracuse is being taken down as the first step in a massive renovation project, and fair officials say "The public is invited to view the implosion."

A crowd enjoys a concert at the NYS Fair Grandstand. Photo by Mike Okoniewski courtesy of NYS Fair.A crowd enjoys a concert at the NYS Fair Grandstand. Photo by Mike Okoniewski courtesy of NYS Fair.A viewing area will be set up at the Brown Lot with a direct view of the Grandstand, which is scheduled to be imploded at about 1:20pm this Saturday, January 9th. Parking in the Brown Lot will be available beginning at 9:30am.

The Grandstand has held hundreds of concerts, monster truck rallies, and demolition derbies over its 40-year history, and is just one of several areas slated for renovation and remodeling this spring and summer. Paid concerts at the fair will move to Onondaga County's new amphitheatre on the shore of Onondaga Lake, adjacent to the Orange Lot, this year.

"Charley Pride played the very first show" at the State Fair's new Grandstand in 1976, according to acting fair director Troy Waffner, who said fair officials priced several shows at retro pricing last summer to celebrate the Grandstand's final year. Bob Hope, Neil Sedaka, and Bobby Vinton rounded out the 1976 season at the Grandstand.

The NYS Fair's Brown Lot is off State Fair Boulevard, which can be accessed from Interstate 690 in the Syracuse area.

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