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The Kingdome Comes Down...

 January 23 - February, 1999

012300.jpg (52484 bytes)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.
012600.jpg (56057 bytes)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 business today.
012700.jpg (58091 bytes)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.
013000.jpg (63983 bytes)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.
020300.jpg (57036 bytes)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. 
020500.jpg (50712 bytes)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.
020800a.jpg (69405 bytes)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 implosion... KIDDING. 

020800.jpg (65155 bytes)p.s. 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!  Thanks, Alan!

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.

020900.jpg (57793 bytes) 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.

021000.jpg (62490 bytes) 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.

021100.jpg (68268 bytes)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!'
011200.jpg (65784 bytes)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!!!

021300.jpg (56472 bytes)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 tuned!
021400.jpg (63948 bytes)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!
021500.jpg (59808 bytes)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 on Saturday.
021600.jpg (66931 bytes)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!
021700.jpg (71303 bytes)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.)
021800.jpg (60623 bytes)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.
021900.jpg (53590 bytes)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.
022000a.jpg (61641 bytes)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.) 

022100b.jpg (66217 bytes)The 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.

022100.jpg (91200 bytes)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 your preferences? 

022200.jpg (56639 bytes)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 as good.) 

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.

022400a.jpg (57894 bytes) February 24, 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.

022400b.jpg (40636 bytes)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?

022500.jpg (39648 bytes)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 redesign.
022600.jpg (55469 bytes)Saturday, 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 evacuating! 

022700.jpg (99502 bytes)Sunday, 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!

022800.jpg (76739 bytes)Monday, 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 photographer.

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.

022900.jpg (69399 bytes)Tuesday, 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.

 

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