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The Kingdome Comes Down...

April 2001

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040101.jpg (115577 bytes)040100.jpg (48535 bytes)Sunday, April 1, noon - I am just loving this idea of the weekly This Time Last Year Photo.  Thanks, Robert for a great idea.  The difference a year makes is fairly obvious today.  Wow.  I can't see any action over there today.  But, St. Louis is playing the Mariners at Safeco Field.  Hopefully, there is someone on site to catch Mark McGuire's homer.
040201.jpg (117220 bytes)Monday, April 2, 4:45 p.m. - The painters got a little frisky and painted one of the 'V's' in the middle (arrow pointes to it).  I guess they had paint left over from the truss work they did this weekend.  They moved both the dog houses more towards the middle.  Tony sent a heads up that First and Goal has new photos up and they show great detail.

040301.jpg (111416 bytes)Tuesday, April 3, 7:45 a.m. - Here's what the site looks like early in the morning (and, I finally remembered to change the time stamp for daylight savings time!).  This will be it until a week from tomorrow.  But, while I'm gone, don't forget the various live cam's.  See you in the ClamCam Forum or on April 11.  Behave yourselves while I'm gone!
041101.jpg (117448 bytes)Wednesday, April 11, 2:45 p.m. - She's BAAACK!  And she had a great time.  But, my Mom started griping about no daily photo so I knew it was time to come home.  And, look what's happened while I was gone.  More roof, no doghouses, more painting. Wow.  And, today, I became a dot come cliche.  The company I worked for laid everyone off - even me!  So, here's my resume - send it to all your friends.  I can start work this afternoon!  (As long as I can get home at least once a day in daylight to take the photo!)
041201.jpg (115974 bytes)Thursday, April 12, 3:30 p.m. - Well, yesterday the sun was too bright to get a good photo and today it's just too dark out to get a decent shot!  And, for those of you not nearby, it is really cold.  Last week I was in sandals in 90 degree weather in South Carolina.  Today I have a fire in the fireplace.  On the worksite, the workers I can see are all bundled up.  There's a lot more plastic on the seats that I can see.  If I lean way out my terrace, I can see the steel on the west side.  That's also, by the way, where the cranes are hiding.  
041301.jpg (113854 bytes)Friday, April 13, 2:45 p.m. - It looks to me like they have moved the rusty thingies out a bit.  My sources told me that they would not be moved over to the west side for another week but it looks like they might be edging that way already.  They have been moving those seats that you see down by the rock pile all day.  They move some and then backfill and repeat.  And this morning I saw two people walking on the top of the top truss again.  There was one on one end and one on the other and they were walking towards each other.  You'd think they could find a less scarier place to get together for a chat!
041401.jpg (114420 bytes)Saturday, April 14, 1:35 p.m. - There doesn't seem to be a lot of work going on today but the cranes are back in view.  The platform that will be the base of the giant scoreboard and the top of the grand staircase is coming along nicely.
041501.jpg (109183 bytes)Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m. - When I went to get the This Day Last Year photo today, I read that this time last year they were doing the first of the rubble giveaways.  That was crazy.  People came and lined up all day in cars and on foot to get a rock.  I'd forgotten.  No sign of life on the site today.  Not even the Easter bunny!
041601.jpg (107839 bytes)Monday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. - Outside of the fact that the photo is not nearly as dark as yesterday's there doesn't seem to be a lot going on.  But, I can tell you that there don't seem to be any seats left in the staging area so they must be making progress.  And, I was over in the International District (west of the construction site) and saw a bunch of itsy bitsy workers all over the west side roof.  They truly did look like little ants up there.  
041701.jpg (108144 bytes)Tuesday, April 17, 1:15 p.m. - Yesterday I forgot to mention a new development - I marked it with an arrow today.  There is some kind form (probability concrete) going up to the left of the grand staircase.  Interesting.  There are lots of workers around the site today and the accompanying constructions noises.  It sounds nice.
041801.jpg (127321 bytes)Wednesday, April 18, 3:30 p.m. - Look at that beautiful sky!!  And, you can see, we have more seats in the staging area today.  In general, there seems to be more action on site today.  Maybe it's because it's just such a beautiful day.  Robert, our Seahawkean (?) from England, found this great article in last Saturday's Seattle Times.  It has a lot of interesting factoids about the new stadium.  
041901.jpg (115552 bytes)Thursday, April 19, 1:30 p.m. - I think the next big action in our view is going to be the big scoreboard.  Earlier this week they started making visible changes to the area - removing some of the forms and adding some rebar which I've circled.  Starting next week, they will be moving the rusty thingies and really concentrating on the side of the stadium we can't see.  Frankly, I think that's a little rude, but what are you going to do?  Half a stadium would look a little odd, probably.
042001.jpg (113859 bytes)Friday, April 20, 1 p.m. - When I took this photo there were two people standing on the top truss by the flag. I gave 'em a circle.   That must have one heck of a view!  And they are doing big painting today.  They started at the south end (see arrow) on the broad side of the truss.  Think about the amount of paint they are going to use to cover this thing.  Wild. 
042101.jpg (121043 bytes)Saturday, April 21, 3:10 p.m. - What a pretty day and a great day to have the extra big shot!  It's such a pretty day that it looks like all the stadium workers took the day off.  Maybe they are over at the Mariner game.  I'm thinking it might be time to change the name on my main page contents list from Kingdome Cam to something more au courant - like ClamCam or Construction Cam.  I'm not quite ready, just thinking about it.
042201.jpg (112461 bytes)Sunday, April 22, 1:25 p.m. - I was out this morning and saw that not only have they put up the south end scoreboards but they've added words and, it looks like electronics to them already!  Unfortunately, you can't see them from this view but, trust me, they are there.  Also more than half of the east side seats are in.  This time last year we were well on the way to creating the huge rock pile!
042301.jpg (113503 bytes)Monday, April 23, 2 p.m. - They removed the form on that small northeast wall next to where the grand staircase will be (see circle).  I can see the cranes moving around the western side.  It's kind of strange to see them weaving around above the concrete wall with no visible base.  There is the general hustle and bustle of activity out there today.
042401.jpg (113573 bytes)Tuesday, April 24, 2:30 p.m. - Yesterday I got another tour!  It was just as wonderful as the first one and I got some fairly decent shot.  And, I got to meet the Craneologist!  I've gathered all the photos onto another tour page.  Plus, I have an additional treat for you - a page of photos taken from the roof!   Also, I have ditched the old ClamCam forum and created a new one that is faster and does not have all those pesky advertisements.  Check it out and let's talk.  
042501.jpg (125901 bytes)Wednesday, April 25, 3 p.m. - In all of yesterday's excitement, I forgot to point out that you can see where the west side seat steel is getting finished on the far right hand side of the photo.  What you can't see, but I will tell you, is that those seats will totally block my view of Safeco.  I won't be able to tell if the roof is open or closed!  Oh well, I'll still be able to hear the crowds.  The painters made good progress today on the east side.
042601.jpg (120276 bytes)Thursday, April 26, 2:30 p.m. - They have really made headway painting the underbelly of the roof.  It sure turns it from dark to bright.  Today has been beautiful here - 63 as I type this.  My door to the terrace has been open all day and so I can report that they are doing some loud work today.  This morning it sounded like they were driving piles again.  Interesting.  I don't mind the noise.  It's kind of nice to hear that some people have jobs <grin>!
042701.jpg (113697 bytes)Friday, April 27, 2 p.m. - More painting today.  They have this window-washer like carriage between the teepee's so they can get to them for painting. And one of the Blues is lowering down some identifiable (at least from here) thing.  More loud construction noises - they make a nice background.
042801.jpg (131922 bytes)Saturday, April 28, 2:30 p.m. - Not a lot of action going on today but there are little pockets of workers around.  Two of them are on the northwest tower next to the lump (see circle).  It's really a rather quiet day on the site.
042901.jpg (121235 bytes)Sunday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. - Remember those guys from yesterday's circle?  They were still working up there last night until it got dark!  No idea what they were doing but they had a long day.  Something's happening over at the site today.  I can't see anything but I can hear it... It's like a dull roar - like a machine of some kind - constant and it's been running all morning. Strange.  It's too chilly to have any doors or windows open so I can only hear it when I step out on the balcony.
043001.jpg (123786 bytes)painter.jpg (67041 bytes)Monday, April 30, 2 p.m. - Lots of little action here and there today.  I circled a platform with two workers on it in the middle of the inset under the northwest lump.  I think I recall that is where an elevator will go but I can't remember for sure.  They still have some seats yet to put in.  The coolest thing today, however, is this wonderful photo that was in the Seattle Post Intelligencer this morning.  The photographer, Renee C. Byer, must have had a fun time getting this great shot!  

 

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