On July 1, 2014, Robinson Center Music Hall closed so that renovations could commence. Instead of having a groundbreaking ceremony, Gretchen Hall and LRCVB arranged for a “stage breaking.” Slats from the stage flooring were pried up with crowbars.
Twenty-eight months later, Robinson Center reopened on-time and on-budget.
(As a side note: the Culture Vulture announced the countdown before Governor Mike Beebe and various Little Rock leaders used their crowbars for the first breaking of the stage flooring.)
Here are some photos from that ceremony.