The Kingdome Comes Down...
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July 1, 4:30 p.m. - I noticed today something that
happened a couple of days ago. In the red circle
is what looks like giant cardboard there between the
studs under those stairs. Looks like it's like the
beginning of some of the interior walls. This time
last year we had a pretty day but not much stadium!
July 2, 6:45 p.m. - The late afternoon sun gives you
a good look at the east side seats. They finished
filling in the steps there on those treads there on the
northeast tower. And, there are concrete step
looking things in front of where the big scoreboard will
be but I don't think they are the beginning of the grand
staircase. They looks more like the seating - too
deep for steps, I think.
July 3, 4:45 p.m. - More stuff going on. That
scoreboard area is really getting some action and there
are all sorts of materials moving through. I see
them in the section off to the left of the photo one day
and they are gone the next and replace with other
stuff. It's amazing all the parts and pieces that
go into this thing!
July 4, 4 p.m. - Kaj wrote to point out (very
kindly, I might add) that I totally missed the big news
in yesterday's photo. The dog house is gone from
the northeast point! There is still one on the
southeast point but I can't see the missing dog house on
the site... I suspect it's resting waiting for the west
side to be ready. Kaj also note that there are new
photos up at the First
and Goal site.
July 5, 4 p.m. - Well, today we have a blue tarp
added to the mix - see arrow. The white thing
hanging down is some sort of fabric just blowing there
in the breeze. Wonder what that's all about?
One of the blues was moving about when I snapped this
and it has a very distinct whine... Somebody needs
some oil work.
July 6, 5:15 p.m. - We got a new blue tarp today but
still no clue what's going on under there. But,
the big news is in the top right hand corner...
The west side arch is getting ready to grow across the
roof! That support just went up this
afternoon. The other news for this neighborhood is
the All Star Game. It's wild around here already
and the game isn't until Tuesday!
July 7, 5:30 p.m. - I forgot to mention yesterday
that they finished installing the top stairs on the
northeast tower. There was a little bit of work
going on today but not much. The neighborhood was
crawling with tourists and I caught many of them
snapping photos of the new stadium. It's fun to
have all the visitors in town.
July 8, 3 p.m. - On this day last year, I got a
great shot of the Big Hill O' Rocks. Today is it
barely a little pile. And the bare spot looks just
like a stadium! There was kind of interesting
article in today's Seattle
Times about the stadium and it has an interesting
photo that shows a good bit of the parking lot taken up
by a walkway. Wonder if they will really do that?
July 9, 5:30 p.m. - They put some more sections on
the west side arch. I know some of you might be
tired of hearing about the All Star game but you cannot
imagine how it has taken over the neighborhood.
There are people everywhere and queues for
everything. It's just wild and likely going to be
even wilder tomorrow. If I were working on the
stadium, I'm afraid, I'd spend a fair amount of time
looking down at the crowds.
July 10, 5 p.m. - First the picture on the
left. The Styrofoam in the seats has been mostly
removed... And, I got the official word that the
tarps were hung by the painters so they don't drip paint
onto the seats. Now the photo on the right.
Tom Tran from our office at Par3,
got this shot from inside the ballpark and it's a great
shot of both stadiums! Thanks, Tom!
July 11, 5:45 p.m. - The west side arch is growing
rapidly. Otherwise it looks like it's just more
work everywhere. Tomorrow I have a business
meeting that will go until dark. I'll try to get a
photo before I leave in the morning but if you don't see
one here by about 8 a.m. you'll know that tomorrow will
have to be a no picture day. Sorry.
July 12, 6 a.m. - Well, we got really lucky.
This is the first day in a long time that the sun isn't
screaming first thing in the morning. A few well
placed clouds enabled me to get a decent shot even this
early! The foundation for the big scoreboard is getting
more and more action. I understand that the
installation of that scoreboard will start on the
23rd. It's coming in sections and will be put
together on site. We'll get a good view but it's
going to seriously cramp our stadium view.
July 13, 5:15 p.m. - No real big news on the part of
the site that we can see, but Tony prompted me today
and Goal has some great new photos up. And he
is very right. They have a lot of close up shots
of the work in the stands and some great fun shots of
the All Star stuff.
July 14, 2:30 p.m. - Today's big picture really shows
the east side arch and its progress. The regular
photo has a circle. Along about last Monday, they
changed the outside appearance of the lump! I
noticed it yesterday when I was walking by the site.
It looks nice. I don't know if they've painted the
southeast beak yet.
July 15, 1:30 p.m. - Today you get today's photo and
this day last year's photo (top right) and a bonus!
There is a guy out there today who has been working so
hard. He's clearing out a huge bit of ground that
has, since a year ago last March been the major
part of the big rock pile. As you can see, there is
still some rock pile left, but not much. I'm
wondering what's going to go on the spot he's clearing
July 16, 5:30 p.m. - Today we have moving tarps on the
east side. And, if you look in the very top right
hand corner of the photo, you can just see the dog house
that was added there today. But, the big news, is
that one of the cranes escaped!! See? He's
outside the bowl. They've taped off the area they
cleared from the rock pile yesterday but they haven't put
anything in there yet.
July 17, 4:30 p.m. - The mystery is solved. I
know now why they cleared out the rock pile area.
It's so they can assemble the view blocker - aka the big
scoreboard! You can see a piece of it in the far
left, lower part of today's photo. The painters are
making progress or at least moving their tarps around.
July 18, 5:15 p.m. - They are wasting no time in
putting together that scoreboard. It's going to be
quite the thing. And... speaking of things you can't
see in my photo... Tony sent a note that they are putting
in blue seats in the far south section. It's only a
matter of time before we can see them in our view. I love
getting notes from the readers of this page. Thanks
to all of you who have taken the time to tell me that you
are checking the progress here.
July 19, 5:15 p.m. - We have a new wall today!
In the red circle you can see a new wall in between the
low one that has been there a while and the slopping part
of the score tower base. It just came out of
July 20, 4:30 p.m. - Yesterday we got a new wall, but
that turned out to be peanuts compared to today's new
development. Completely out of nowhere, they found a
huge piece of concrete and laid the beginning of the
foundation for the grand staircase! Usually, I can
see the parts and pieces of things before they get
installed but they either just brought this in this
morning or have been keeping it hidden from me. Wow.
July 21, 1 p.m. - Today, you can see the parts that
will go into the rest of the staircase foundation.
There is a bit of work going on today. I can hear it
but I can't really see who's doing what. The big
version of today's photo gives you a good view of the west
side roof action. They are welding the arch pieces
together before they lay in that last piece. It's
really amazing how far along they are.
July 22, 11 a.m. - This morning the Sunday Rock Pile
worker was back. He flattened out the top of the
center of the pile and then quit. But, I did find
out that a lot of the pieces for that surprise grand
stairway foundation are hiding behind the rock pile.
This time last year, we were a full 3 lumps shy of a full
July 23, 5:15 p.m. - Ok, now you can see why they are
calling that staircase grand! They really filled out
that area with more waves of concrete. Today's
additions are truly dramatic and you can get an idea of
what it's going to look like. Wow. What a
July 24, 5:15 p.m. - Well, they are, apparently,
serious about this scoreboard tower thing! But, hey,
if they don't fill in between those beams, my view won't
be blocked much at all! Whaddya think are my chances?!
July 25, 11:30 a.m. - Today's photo was taken while
Q13's Harry Higgins caught the action for tonight's 10
p.m. news. He and John Yaeger were in the neighborhood for
the official topping off - the adding of the last piece of
the west side arch. I got a note last night from
Becky who has the coolest looking site. It's a must
for you Seahawks fans.
out. And, don't forget to keep an eye on the
forum. It's often quiet but sometimes - like
yesterday - there's a bit of a flurry.
July 26, 5 p.m. - Today is Jeff's day! Those of
you who have checked the ClamCam forum know that Jeff's
been just about to bust to see seats. Jeff, check
the red circle... those are seats!!! They still have
plastic on them so they don't look as blue as they will
when the plastic comes off. And... speaking of
seats, Tony sent a link to a cool webpage where you can
click on your seat and see what the view will be like.
It's on the
official Seahawks site. And, finally, from the
ClamCam forum, Jeff posted the URL to a page of really
great photos of the construction from all different
You gotta see this.
July 27, 5 p.m. - I missed a big one yesterday, but,
fortunately, Terry didn't and sent me a note. They
finally painted the beak yesterday! It makes such a huge
difference in the whole look. I cannot believe I
missed it. Thanks, Terry! Today they added some big
pieces to the big scoreboard. Oh! and... more seats!
July 28, 12:30 p.m. - There were a bunch of
workers on site early this morning but I don't see any
now. The ones I saw this morning were over by the
seats and on the west side roof. Tony
discovered new photos on the
First and Goal site. I snagged one for here
because it's such a great shot of those new seats!
July 29, 2 p.m. - Lately, Sundays have been quiet on the
site but not today. It was a special day for one
group. I'm guessing it was one of the worker groups
as it was just outside the main construction trailer.
With my binoculars I could see they had a delicious
looking spread. Whole families had on hard hats and
took site tours. It was fun to watch. I'm
guessing that the event included the game as they all
cleared out about the time the game was starting.
Nice contrast in the weather between this year and last!
July 30, 6 p.m. - Because I was late getting home to
get the photo today, and the sun is not out, we have a
photo that shows more than usual. You can even see
the seats on the east side that go all the way down to the
field. And, you can clearly see that I won't be able
to see any of the game. I'll just have to watch the
July 31, 5:30 p.m. - That scoreboard is growing fast!
I have it on good authority that the upper most piece will
ceremoniously be placed on Thursday. I'm going to do
my best to, of course, get a shot of it in progress if at