Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kingdome (formerly in Seattle, WA)

(My theme is places I have visited or lived)

I have fond memories of attending a Seattle Seahawks game and several Seattle Mariners games. It was quite a stadium. Of course it is now gone.

The Kingdome (officially King County Multipurpose Domed Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium in SeattleWashington, located in the city's So Do neighborhood. Owned and operated by King County, the Kingdome opened in 1976 and was best known as the home stadium of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL), the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball(MLB), and the Seattle SuperSonics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The stadium served as both the home outdoor and indoor venue for the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League (NASL) and hosted numerous amateur sporting events, concerts, and other events. The Kingdome was 660 feet wide (as measured from its inside walls)

The idea of constructing a covered stadium for a major league football and/or baseball team was first proposed to Seattle officials in 1959. Voters rejected separate measures to approve public funding for such a stadium in 1960 and 1966, but the outcome was different in 1968; King County voters approved the issue of US$40 million in municipal bonds to construct the stadium. Construction began in 1972 and the stadium opened in 1976 as the home stadium of the Sounders and Seahawks. 

The Mariners moved in the following year, and the SuperSonics moved in the next year, only to move back to the Seattle Center Coliseum in 1985. The stadium hosted several major sports events, including the Soccer Bowl in August 1976, the Pro Bowl in January 1977, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in July 1979, the NBA All-Star Game in 1987, and the NCAA Final Four in 19841989, and 1995.

During the 1990s, both the Seahawks' and Mariners' respective ownership groups began to question the suitability of the Kingdome as a venue for each team, threatening to relocate unless new, publicly funded stadiums were built. At issue was the fact that neither team saw their shared tenancy as profitable, as well as the integrity of the stadium's roof as highlighted by the collapse of ceiling tiles onto the seating area before the start of a scheduled Mariners game. As a result, public funding packages for new, purpose-built stadiums for the Mariners and Seahawks were approved in 1995 and 1997, respectively. 

The Mariners moved to Safeco Field midway through the 1999 season, and the Seahawks temporarily moved to Husky Stadium following the 1999 season. The Kingdome was demolished by implosion on March 26, 2000; the Seahawks' new stadium, Seahawks Stadium (now known as CenturyLink Field) was built on the site and opened in 2002.


Arlee Bird said...

I've been to Seattle and though I undoubtedly saw the Kingdome, I was never actually inside of it.

Arlee Bird
A to Z Challenge Co-host
Tossing It Out

nashvillecats2 said...

A most informative post Gregg, a joy to read. Thank you.

KC Bob said...

Surprised that a Super Bowl was never played there Gregg. I do remember the Chiefs losing up there a few times. Sadly, pro sports teams seem to have a hold over city governments wrt stadiums. I am hearing that Arrowhead may have a corporate name next season. :(

shortybear said...

nice post