The Kingdome Comes Down...
November 1, 2:30 p.m. - Another beautiful day and so
photo. So you get two again... But, mainly I
wanted to show you how much of those rock piles are
disappearing. At this rate, they should be gone by
the weekend. It will be like losing an old
friend. They have dominated my view now for so
long! I can't tell what they are doing with all
the rocks but they must be using them somewhere.
You can see where the rocks were are bunches of new
concrete seats ready to be installed. I'll bet
they finish those off in the next day or two, too.
November 2, 4:15 p.m. - For the past 2 days I have made
it a point to get home during the day to snap a
shot. On both days, when I got home after work the
photo op was much better. This afternoon the light
makes a really pretty scene. Today they put that
plastic on seats that I can see (circle on the
right). The circle on the left is around a catwalk
that you can't see well but there is a veritable herd of
workers on it right now. Maybe it's a meeting.
November 3, 4:15 p.m. - Today's circle
highlights an every growing thing (another technical
term) in the middle of the field. It looks, in the
photo, as if it is the base of that rusty steel thing,
but actually it's in front of it. It looks like a
form into which they might pour concrete. Possibly
it's where all the rocks are going? It brings to
mind a question I've had about the field... is it going
to be raised up to meet what now appears to be the lower
rung of seats? Hmmmm On a photo note,
today's photo has too many shadows in it. It makes
a nice image but you can't see stuff too well. I'm
going to try the mid day photos again next week and see
if I can get you more detail.
November 4, 1:45 p.m. - In today's picture you cna
really see the plastic I was talking about
yesterday. There isn't much work going on today
that I can see. They've stockpiled more concrete
seats where the rocks used to be. Looks like to me
they've got what they need on site now ready for
November 5, noon - Nothing going on today. This
photo looks like it is really a dreary day but it really
isn't. It's overcast but not even very cold.
Kind of a nice, Fall day. The Auto Show is going
on at the Exhibition Hall (between the construction and
Safeco Field). There is a lot of hooting and
hollerin' out on the street and the only thing I can
figure is that it's coming from the auto show
crowd. Must be some pretty exciting cars in there!
November 6, 4:15 p.m. - Would you look at that
sky??!! Wow. If I were on the east coast I would sure
know a storm (lightening/thunder - the whole works) was
minutes away. Here, however, it could be rain on
its way or it could be just a cool looking sky.
Ok, now... does everyone see the new thing
today??!! It's quite the milestone.
November 7, 4:15 p.m. - That center section that I
have circled is going to be something. I just
can't figure out what. There seems to be a lot of
action today but I can't find any really big new
stuff. And, congrats to those who successfully
picked out the new lump (and really that's what
they call them!) on the northeast tower.
November 8, 1:30 p.m. - Well, a lot like the
election, the votes on what that center thing don't have
a clear winner. Kaj, who now has an office with a
view of the site and Rich both think that it's part of
the supports put in place for the roof building.
But Charlie (from Japan!) and John from Texas went back
to the mock up I posted on October 8 and think it might
be that center scoreboard tower. When you
look at that mockup, well, here I'll repost - Charlie
added a red circle to help us out... Initially, I
thought maybe the thing they are building is too far
south to be that tower but now I'm not so sure. The
mystery, along with the election, remains unsolved so
November 9, 4:15 p.m. - There is a lot of activity
on site today but about the only real difference I see
is that they have finished the west side form on the
northwest tower. Judging by the schedule they had on the
northeast tower, those forms should be off by the
weekend and nearly ready for the last lump. Now,
on that center thing... I've got people changing their
votes! Kaj can see it from his office window and
he says "it looks as if it is north of where the
field would be. Besides, I haven't heard of any
changes in the NFL rule book that places a concrete wall
on the 50 yard line. But that might end up helping
the Seahawk defense...." Ken E. had a really
good suggestion... check out Dan
Sherbeck's camera. It's pointed right at the
entrance and doesn't show any sign yet of that
scoreboard tower. While you are Dan's page, check
out his new mini cam - it lets you set the refresh
rate. Tres Kewel.
November 10, 4:15 p.m. - The northwest wall is
taking shape at least the side I can see. They are
laying in the walkways you will use to get to the
seating area. It's very cool looking.
Otherwise it seems to be work as usual. No change
in the center whatever thing.
November 11, 3 p.m. - Warning before you
click! Today's is another big picture. I did
a little physical reconnaissance today to see if I could
get some info on that center thingie. Here's the
deal. First of all it is not nearly as close to
the rusty steel thingie as it looks in the photos.
There are about 20 car lengths between them! Also
there seems to be a similar structure going up on the
west side of what will be (?) the field. So, what
I found out is that doing up close and personal work
really confuses what was already pretty
November 12, 3:30 p.m. - It looks like they put in
some more seats yesterday. Not a creature stirring
over there today. Time to announce the
Thanksgiving Break of the Kingdome pages... Yep, next
Saturday through the following Saturday - November 18-25
- there won't be any pictures. I'll be at my Mom's
in South Carolina. Won't it be fun to see all the
action that occurred while I was gone? We'll get
that on the 26th, I promise.
November 13, 3 p.m. - There's a lot of work going on
but I can't see any big news. I did forget to
mention one item from my Saturday
reconnaissance... There is a structure already
built over the seats on the south end. It's a
rusty iron looking structure with a tin covering which
has to be temporary. But, it's a start.
November 14, 4 p.m. - The red circle in today's
photo is what I believe is the start of the center tower
scoreboard structure. Today is the first day that
I've noticed that it really does have a defined
shape. There are wooden frames for pouring
concrete on the north side of it and around the
edges. It looks like there will soon be much
action in this area. I wish they would move that
pile of rocks so I can get a better view!
November 15, 3 p.m. - I can take no credit for the
arrow in tonight's photo. Several of you guys
pointed out the new steel there in the back when you saw
last night's photo. I didn't see it at all!
They added more today moving south around the east
side. Now the circle is around some rebar kind of
things they put on the southwest wall today. They
look like they will be something important and they also
look like any chances of my being able to see over that
final wall are toast.
November 16, 4 p.m. - They
added more steel stuff to the roofing today. My
roving reporter found this cool rendering - a view we
hadn't seen before. And, it shows clearly, that
the seats we see on the site today are not the lowest
tier of seats. I had wondered if they were going
to raise up the field but, no, it looks like there's
lots more seats to go!
November 17, 1 p.m. - Well, I hit the
day-before-vacation-lottery! I caught them moving
the wooden form off the northwest tower!!! You can
see it as they almost have it lowered to the
ground. One more little section to go and then the
last lump can go into place. Also they've added
even more to the western wall. And, there is more
steel going up on the roof structure stuff on the south
side. What a big day. I neglected,
yesterday, to explain the perspective of the
drawing. The view is due north and if you march
out past the GTE (wonder how they got the free
advertising here??) sign and go about another 50-100
yards and turn left you'll be in front of my
I leave before daylight tomorrow morning so this is
it until Sunday, November 26. Hope everyone (even
you guys in Japan and the UK and other non-US places)
have a great Thanksgiving!
November 25, 2:30 p.m. - I didn't think I'd get back
before dark but I did so today's picture is a
bonus. Although, it's sure a soggy bonus!
You can see the new roof framing in the back (south and
southeast). They've done more work on the
northwest wall. And on the northwest tower.
I was kind of glad to see they held off adding the last
lump until I got back!
November 26, 10:45 a.m. - Big photo today just
because. Now, several of you apparently did not
believe me when I said I wouldn't be posting a new photo
until today and you checked yesterday! There's no
sneaking in a photo on you! Rikketyrik rightly
pointed out that what I called a roof yesterday is more
likely just the upperdeck or maybe it's covering.
He also discovered in yesterday's photo that they have
moved the rusty steel thing over to the east some and
north a little bit... Interesting, eh? And,
yes, I had a great time at my Mom's but I knew it was
time to come home when she started complaining about no
new construction photos on the website!!
November 27, 1:30 p.m. - Today's circle is around
the now growing wall of what will be the
scoreboard/north seating area thing. We're looking
at the last days of an unobstructed view, I
suspect. What will be the field is full of more
concrete seats but since they haven't added any to the
east side recently, I gotta think they are for the west
November 28, 11 a.m. - Not a whole lot new today but
a whole lot of activity going on. The noise level
has really escalated since I got back. It's cold
enough that I keep the door to the terrace closed and
don't hear the noise while inside, but when I go out
there to take the photo, it's loud - just general
construction din but loud construction din.
November 29, 6 p.m. - What can I say? I got
sucked into a vortex at work and couldn't get away to
take a daylight photo. I'm sooooo sorry! I
will plan better from now on, I promise. They have
been working at night in the area just north of the
northeast tower. Big lights. But, of course,
my poor camera isn't up to that
November 30, 1:30 p.m. - More steel going up over
the east side seats and the last tower is getting closer
to lump-land. As I type this, it is nearly 6 p.m.
and I have the door open. I can hear all kinds of
construction work still going on in the dark.