The Kingdome Comes Down...
January 23 - February, 1999
|January 23, 2000 (9 a.m.) - They've started pulling
the guts out of the inside and skinning the top. They've cordoned
off half of the parking lot to stage the stuff they are pulling out.
|January 26, 2000 (5 p.m.) - Things are really
snapping now. Almost all the seats are out and the Kingdome
employees turn over the place to the demolition crew at the close of
|January 27, 2000 (5 p.m.) - Ok, big news. We
(in the condo) had been told that we would not be allowed to stay here
for the implosion. BUT, an article in yesterday's Seattle
Times quotes the head of the demolition crew as saying
"Residents of nearby apartments will be able to stay in their
buildings but won't be allowed on the streets." YAHOO!
Party time. I got to get my hands on a video camera! They
are adding temporary buildings to the site every day - two yesterday - I
circled the little trailer complex in today's picture.
|January 30, 2000, (11 a.m.) - They started chewing
up the outside this week. Yesterday they started tearing down the ticket booth and Mariner office (in red
circle). I saw on one website today that there are 57 days to
implosion. That would make it on a Tuesday or Wednesday and I'm
pretty sure they will do it on a Sunday.
February 3, 2000, (4 p.m.) - Things are changing
quickly. They are pulling off the boxes on the sides and today they
started cutting big holes in the sides.
|February 5, 2000 (noon) - They are cutting out more
holes and now, in the daytime I can see inside these holes. The
strangest thing is at night. After 8 years of having the Kingdome
parking lot lights on every night, they don't turn them on any more and
it's darker than dark. Plus, I can no longer see the rain which I
used to watch in the lights.
February 8, 2000 (noon) - Big day here... First the
dome. They started yesterday putting some kind of bracing
structures on the edge of the roof. If you click on the left hand
photo you can see the ones on the ground that they haven't put up there
yet. I have no idea what they are or they are for. Maybe
landings for people who want to get shot off the roof at the
I got a note from Alan Whipple about the bracing structures. His
guess is that they are in place so that workers can move from spine to
spine and I'll bet he's 100% correct. On the other side they have
started scraping the roof but they haven't started that yet on my
side. I'll bet these things are for those scraping guys!
The second picture is Betty Udesen from the Seattle Times. She came
today to take my picture for a story about Kingdome Cams! I'm
usually pretty stressed around photographers but she was great
fun. No telling what the photo will look like but when the story
shows, I'll link it it here.
February 9, 2000 (4 p.m.) - We made the front
page of the Seattle Times (well, front page for the early city
edition - we got bumped below the fold for the later edition). The
photo of me didn't make the web edition and after seeing the hard copy,
I am forever grateful. (Sorry, Betty, but it is the worst picture
of me I have ever seen!)
Kingdome news: They've started taking off the HVAC boxes on the
sides - you can see some are still there and some are gone. Last
night, they had the lights on inside and you could see through the big
holes. I couldn't get a good photo. Sorry.
February 10, 2000 (4 p.m.) - You can't
really see it but they are creating quite a pile of rubble in the red
circled area. Someone at work suggested that I add a WAV file to
the page. She was walking by and said that the noise was
amazing. She's right. It's not warm enough here yet to have
the sliding glass doors (to the terrace) open so the noise is kind of
muffled right now, but I opened them this afternoon and it is loud and
pounding. It's going to be a noisy couple of years!
The article in the paper brought wonderful notes from around the
world. Even after all these years, the internet just astounds me.
|February 11, 2000 (4 p.m.) - They are really chewing
on the place now. They are chewing off the ramps on the side and
there are now piles of rubble everywhere. The pounding noise is
pretty constant. I over heard two people at the corner this
afternoon... one remarked to the other while looking at the Kingdome
'Well, it's too late for them to change their mind now!'
February 12, 2000 (10:30 a.m.) - The red circle this
time shows chewing in action! The cloud looking stuff (technical
term) is actually the dust kicking up while they chunk the concrete
off. They are also spraying water on it, too. Nature is
helping that process with a fine mist.
By the way, baseball fans, the first Spring Training game will be
broadcast here on Seattle radio in a mere 20 days!!!
|February 13, 2000 (noon) - Thanks goes to Sean Watts
of Battle Ground, WA for pointing out the (former) typos on this
page. My Mom caught one but Sean caught four! Proofreading
has never been my forté (obviously). Sean also suggested a new
name for these pages - Kingdoom. I might just use
it! While there is nothing going on here on my side of the
Kingdome today, I was just out on an errand and there is a fair amount
of action on the other side. They have all their cranes working
there today. They have scraped the covering off the roof on the
South side and they haven't even started that yet on my side. Stay
|February 14, 2000 (4:30 p.m.) - There isn't a lot of
real obvious change today but I'm in the groove now of a daily photo so
what the heck! I did get notice today that implosion company is
coming around on Saturday to check our condo units - the pre-implosion
check. They will also do a post implosion check. Maybe the
checker will have some implosion details!
|February 15, 2000 (4:30 p.m.) - They've started the
roof work on my side! There are little tiny guys up there right
now doing the work. I'm thinking they could get it done faster if
they used bigger guys but that's probably politically incorrect.
Another interesting observation from Sean. They have cut holes all
around the top of the dome except for five panels that you can easily
see in today's photo. Sean thinks that's where the big screen is
and they are probably doing some electrical or special dismantling of it
and that's why they haven't done those holes yet. I'm thinking
that makes sense... But, it's on my list to ask the implosion guy
|February 16, 2000 (4:30 p.m.) - They are making
progress but, unfortunately, this photo doesn't show it much.
You'll be able to see more in the next day or two as they work around
the roof. But, I do have offerings. I discovered today that a
local commerce journal is doing a nice job of covering this.
Here's a story about the implosion itself.
And here's a good photo of the roof scraping thing.
And a photo of the inside
of the dome. I've had a couple of notes asking if I'm going to
keep this up for the construction of the new stadium. Absolutely!
|February 17, 2000 (4:15 p.m.) - Lots of action in
today's shot. 1. They have lined up the HVAC boxes that used to
hang on the sides. Wonder what in the heck they are going to do
with them? 2. This is very interesting. They are digging a big
square hole in the parking lot. 3. They have hoses hanging
down the side now to collect the junk they are scraping off the
roof. Tres cool, all of it. (You may need to click on the picture
to really see the 1, 2 and 3.)
|February 18, 2000 (4:15 p.m.) - They're making more
roof progress. I got a couple of notes from folks who read in the
links I provided (but apparently didn't read close enough) that the HVAC
boxes are to be used as a buffer at the implosion but as Kaj Trapp
pointed out in his note, I can't really see how they are going to
protect much. But, what do I know. Actually, I do know that
I love hearing from all of you. I've gotten a lot of notes from
you saying you are keeping up with the progress here. Burl
Fabianek even wrote to say he was putting up some of the pictures in the
high school classroom where he teaches. Oh and there was a great
picture and story in last night's Seattle
Times. The Florentine (mentioned in the last paragraph) is the
condo building I live in.
|February 19, 2000 (1:15 p.m.) - The implosion man
isn't here yet but I already have one of my questions answered.
Sean was right - see February 15. The last panels at the top that
had not been removed are where the diamondvision is/was.
They started pulling them down today and you can see the back of the
thing in this photo. Also there are more holes and piles of dirt
in the parking lot.
|February 20, 2000 (noon) - Well, the inspector guy
turned out to be two nice young women who are independent
inspectors. They were both really nice and efficient, but had no
info about the implosion. They looked at every nook and cranny of
the house and took notes and some pictures. So now I'm
documented! Today is a two picture day. The top one shows
all of the side panels have now been removed (I was here when the last
one went down but only heard the crash - now, that would have
been a great photo.)
second one shows the two holes (circled). They are large and
square and are now surrounded by mounds of dirt. There are people
out there working today but obviously not a full crew.
|February 21, 2000 (noon) - Before you click on
today's picture, be warned... it will take longer to load cause it's
bigger (800x600). There's not a lot going on and it seemed like a
good day to give you guys a more detailed view of the progress.
Last night they shut down completely, no work. It's the first
night, since they started this that they did that. Today there
seems to be a skeleton crew. This morning's paper had a good implosion story.
On another note, I'm thinking this page is getting too long and I'm
thinking of splitting it up (archiving the older entries to a page you
can link to for reference). I could do a new page for every month
or a new page for every week... what do you think? Do you care?
Does it take too long to load? Would you rather have full pics
instead of thumbnails? If any of this matters to you, would you
drop me an email and tell me
|February 23, 2000
(4:30 p.m.) - Today was the test blast. I was interviewed
for a local TV news show. They carved out more of the sides of the
dome. And, they are making a big pile 'o rocks in the parking
lot. Yes, it has been a big day!
First the blast. They had said it would be like
a car backfiring. I would hate to see that car! It was a
huge bang. KING5
TV has a great little movie of it on their website along with a nice
photo... (KOMO - channel 4's website has a movie, too but it's not quite
That same KING5 TV also came to this very house to
interview me. As I write this I haven't seen it yet... I'm a bit
nervous. But, it was fun.
Thomas Kent-Tobias thinks that the dirt mounds might
be bunkers for the explosives. I think he might be right.
They started building this pile of rocks in the parking lot yesterday. I
circled it and labeled it '1'. It's amazing. I circled the
viewing stand, too, but you still can't see it really well. It's
labeled '2'. They also hauled away a huge pile of trash that was there
yesterday. Sean Watts sent this very cool
link of progressive photos.
2000 (4:30 p.m.) - My 15 minutes of fame aren't over yet.
Today I was interviewed by Cathy Duchamp of my very own public radio
station - KUOW. This was really fun because I didn't have to worry
about what I looked like and I got to meet Cathy! I've always
thought it would be fun to be a Media Darling... I'm on my way!
She said the interview would be aired tomorrow and be on their website.
Today's Kingdome picture is rather boring... sorry. Not a
whole lot of new action. I did catch the HomeGrocer.Com truck over
by the temporary office complex in the parking lot. Glad to know
the workers are getting their groceries!
Oh, I did hear (on KUOW this morning) that the
implosion might not knock the whole Kingdome down. Their contract
is only to eliminate the parts over 70 feet high. Then I also
heard yesterday (can't remember where so this may be totally untrue)
that they are thinking about knocking the north side wall (the one in my
photos) into the parking lot, rather than into the center of the dome
area... Interesting, eh?
|February 25, 2000
(5:30 p.m.) - The Kingdome has been lit
from inside at night and it's a wonderful site. I've been trying
to get a photo of it but my poor camera just can't get it.
Tonight's photo is as close as I can get. I've known for a while
that Seattle is a great NPR town, but now I have the evidence.
I've had more people get in touch after hearing this morning's interview
than I did with the TV interview. I think probably my 15 minutes
of fame are coming to an end. What fun it was! Tomorrow the
Feb. 26 - 9 a.m. - Ok, here's the new layout. I hope you can
find everything. Two things I forgot to tell you
yesterday... Thursday evening I noticed a ton of police and police
cars in the construction area of the parking lot. Being the good
voyeur, I pulled out my binoculars but still couldn't make out what they
were doing. Then about 9 p.m. I got an email from Mike Go from
Kirkland that he had heard a news preview that there had been a
skateboarder on the roof! The news revealed that, in fact, Monday
morning, some guy faked his way into the site and up on the roof and
skateboarded down (one of the sections not yet scraped) and had a friend
videotape it! The news story was all about the beefed up security!
Also, Thursday night the published the area they will be
evacuating. I have not been terribly upset about being kicked out
of here because my office, across the street, has a much better viewing
area from our 8th floor offices... Well, Plan B just got
toasted. Our offices are also in the area they will be
Feb. 27 - 8:30 a.m. - Note: I've changed the
order of these reports. The latest entry will always be the top
one from now on.
So far, it's a quiet day at the dome. There have been a few
workers in and out and security is still being enhanced by Seattle
police, but so far it looks like they might be taking the day off.
I made another big photo (600x800) behind this thumbnail today so you
can get some detail.
Last night, Brian Sandefur sent me a note suggesting that I make of list of the folks I have heard from
about this page and I loved the idea so much I did it right away.
I was actually surprised by how long the list got and I may have even
missed someone. Kingdome Klub? Friends of Rubble? A
great group, if you ask me!
Feb. 28 - 4:30 p.m. - Again last night the site was totally shut
down - apparently, they are taking Sunday night's off. Today,
there is little to see but much to hear. As I type this, there is
a guy in a basket blasting away (circled in red). And, according to the
noise level, he's not the only one pounding or blasting!
Richard Wildhirt wrote wondering when they are going to dismantle the
scoreboard. That will be a major change. Hope they do it
when my camera is at the ready! Johnny V. Begaye was the first to
point out that a whole lot of my photos show the Kingdome leaning to the
left. Johnny, please note how straight today's picture is!
It's not the Kingdome leaning, most of the time... it's the
I had another note asking about links in the list of the folks. I can link
your name so that when someone clicks on it, they can send you
mail. I didn't want to put your email address on my site without
your permission. So if you want your name linked (or added!) just
drop me a note.
Feb. 29 - 4:30 p.m. - Happy Leap Day! Today is more chewing
and, I must reiterate, loud chewing. They seem now to be working
on the details. Baskets on long cranes are in various places
around the sides with the workers in the baskets, pounding away.
When I open my door, there is no doubt that work is going on!
BIG News! There is a new live Kingdome cam and it is a GREAT
close-up shot. Check out Dan
Sherbeck's view! Also KUOW finally put my
interview on their website. (Scroll down to February 25.)
Oh, you may notice in today's photo, a line of motor homes... The
north end of the parking lot is also full of them. There's an
exhibition hall south of the Kingdome and the annual motor home show is
scheduled to open there next week. I'm guessing these guys are
just waiting to get in.
Late breaking big news! I don't have to leave for the
implosion!!! My downstairs neighbor, Sherry, just sent me an email
- check out this news
story. We're now deciding on plans. Sherry's working on
the recipe for a new drink - Dusty Marys. I probably won't be able
to see anything. They will block off my view with dust and
protection barriers but I'll be able to hear and feel it. We'll
get more details, I'm sure, at the information meeting next Monday.