Sun City West performing venue to be demolished

PHOENIX (AP) - When it opened 33 years ago, the Sundome in Sun City West was the largest single-story performing-arts center in the country.

It cost almost $9 million to build and was designed primarily as a concert hall with nearly 7,200 seats.

By 2005, the Sundome Center for the Performing Arts was a white elephant and was sold by Arizona State University to Maricopa County for just $10.

Now, it's scheduled to be demolished by the end of this summer after workers salvage the seats and memorabilia.

The Arizona Republic reports ( that a new shopping center is planned for the site.

Maricopa County gave the Sundome back to ASU in 2007 and last year, a developer bought the 16-acre site for $2 million.

Some say the venue had become an eyesore.

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