The New Stadium...
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When you see you
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Every Saturday I take an extra large photo and
every Sunday I replay the photo from the same day the year before.
September 1, 1 p.m. - We have kind of a gray day here
but it looks like it's going to clear up for the
afternoon. There are a couple of people I can see on
the site but not much action. In today's big
picture, you can see more of the westside roof action.
September 2, 4 p.m. - It's absolutely a quiet day on
the site today. In fact, the whole neighborhood seems to
have gone for the weekend. Tony, though, sent a note
that he passed by the stadium yesterday on his way home
from the Seahawks game and noted that they have added
seating to the base under the scoreboard to give the whole
seating area a very cool rounded look.
September 3, 1 p.m. - It's a gray Fall day here but
all of the workers are enjoying it elsewhere. There
is a guy with a kid out by the rocks. I guess the
kid is enjoying a visit to Dad's office.
September 4, 5 p.m. - Good lighting in today's photo -
some days you just get lucky and today is one of those
days. You can see more detail. A lot of trucks
going in and out and other action but nothing that I can
really point to as different today.
September 5, 4:45 p.m. - There are even more seats in
today. Big Blue is missing from the photo but he's
on site. Currently he's sitting way south inside the
September 6, 4:30 p.m. - I know that some of you are
disappointed when you can't see something different on the
site every day. These past few days must leave you
just bored to tears. So sorry. But, there just
doesn't seem to be much action in our view. There is
stuff going on. I can hear it, but it must be going
on in the areas we cannot see.
September 7, 3:45 p.m. - The big news today is that
they have painted the northeast lump! It's a lovely
color, too! I can't believe that got that done in
just a day. Wild. Big Blue got out again.
I'm sure going to miss his comings and goings.
September 8, 2:30 p.m. - What a perfect day for the
extra large photo. It really shows today's action.
Yep, more paint! There's this one guy (see left hand
circle in big photo) who's been painting the whole north
side all day. He's amazing. He's got this hose
and he's just spraying away from his little basket on top
of this long arm. I'm guessing that the paint is in
the truck below cause he never seems to stop and refill.
The second circle is the latest action. The north
side of the lump. There are a couple of guys up
there painting it right now. I do like the color.
September 9, 4 p.m. - The painter came back again
today and finished up inside the elevator halls on that
northeast tower. The tower was in the way or the
painter could have watched the Mariner game while he
painted! It was a great game.
September 10, 5:30 p.m. - Today they capped off the
end of that thing that sticks out below the beak on the
northwest tower. I circled it. I can't get a
handle on their work schedule. It's 5:30 as I write
this and there is still a lot of work going on. Last
week, they were totally done by 4:30 on some days.
September 11, 4:30 p.m. - No words seem appropriate
today so here's the photo.
September 12, 4:45 p.m. - Today's arrow points out
where they added a new section of staircase. They
actually added it before Monday's photo but it took a note
from Terry to point it out to me! Today's circle
show where they have removed that form they've been
working with for a while. But, maybe coincidentally,
that's about where they had a fire today. Yep, about
9 a.m. our office manager came running in to me and said
'you'd better go home and get a picture - there's a fire
at the stadium!' I couldn't get a picture because
the sun was in the wrong place, but KIRO7 had a short
piece about it on their website for a while - it's gone
now. They said "Welding sparks may have set roofing
on fire at the stadium. Fire Department spokeswoman Helen
Fitzpatrick says workers used extinguishers to knock down
the flames about 9:30 a.m. Firefighters with a hose were
lifted in a crane. They finished putting out the fire
about 150 feet above ground on the roof of an elevator
control room. No one was injured."
September 13, 4:30 p.m. - With all of yesterday's
news, I forgot to mention that one of The Erection
Company's welding dog houses was down by the rock pile
yesterday. It's gone today. I need to go out
and look and see how they are doing with that southwest
beak. I can't see it at all from my terrace.
Field trip needed.
September 14, 4:45 p.m. - Nearly all the seats are in
that top big section and much of that smaller section just
below it. I totally forgot to mention that Dave
posted a great little recap of a tour he got of the
stadium site. It's on the
September 15, 5 p.m. - I took that field trip today.
The outside west side of the stadium is looking amazingly
finished. Some of the glass is in and nearly all of
the brickwork. It's looking really nice. And,
the southwest lump remains beakless. It really looks
like, oops, they forgot something.
September 16, 4 p.m. - There were several workers in
two buckets on the end of small cranes today working on
the north end of that east side. Even with my
binoculars I couldn't tell what they were doing but they
were out there for a good part of the day.
September 17, 4:30 p.m. - We have a new steel thing
today. Unfortunately, Big Blue is parked right in
front of our view but you can kind of see it through him.
It's quite curious. If you look at the
renderings, there isn't
anything like this but it looks too finished looking to be
temporary. Hey, Craneologist, could you move your
arm a bit tomorrow so we can see better?
September 18, 1:30 p.m. - I made a point of getting
home in the middle of the day to get today's photo cause I
figured if I waited until after work, Big Blue would block
our view again (and he did!). But, now you can
clearly see the new structure and we have the answer....
Tony, who checks out the east side of the stadium on his
way to work, said he thought it was a scoreboard thing.
Kaj checked the Seahawks
Find Your Seat tool and if you pick a seat at the
south end, you can clearly see the new thing sticking up
at the north end... But, Dave, gave it a name! On
Dave says it is called a Hustle Board! Thanks to all
of you... Mystery solved!
September 19, 4:30 p.m. - Today you can really see the
Hustle Board. And, the circle below it show where
they are starting some kind of side wall to the grand
staircase. Also Tony reported yesterday that they
are starting to paint the east side stairwells (that would
be on the outside of the part that we see).
September 20, 4:30 p.m. - First of all, and most
importantly... Congratulations to the Mariners!!!!
American League West Champions!! The circle shows
that they are adding on to that stair way feature they
started yesterday. And, there is a new BIG
flag. I neglected to mention that, last week, after
an absence of a few weeks, they put the flag back on top
of the big scoreboard. And, it is still there
although out of the photo along with this new big one.
September 21, 5 p.m. - Today they took the plastic off
a large section of seats (see circle) and let that pretty
blue show through. And, they started the outside stairway
(see arrow) on the northwest side.
September 22, 4:15 p.m. - There is a good bit of work
going on today for a Saturday. The big photo shows
two big trucks mucking around on the rock pile. Oh,
and the stairway that I mentioned yesterday, is really the
start of the far western side of the grand staircase.
September 23, 3:45 p.m. - Not a lot going on today but
there were a few people on site earlier today. The
picture from this day last year shows when I could still
see the roof of Safeco Field.
September 24, 6 p.m. - I'm really running late today -
I should have come home at lunch to get the photo.
We've got a real strange kind of fog thing going on right
now so the photo is hazy. Sorry.
September 25, 5 p.m. - We finally got some rain!
Every night for the past few weeks, a water truck has
driven all around the site watering it down but the
project has still been throwing out a ton of dust.
This rain will really help. Plus, the water truck
driver gets a night off!
September 26, 5 p.m. - Some days I get so lucky with
the perfect lighting and today is one of those days.
I love today's photo. It's been a few days since
I've seen any real changes on the site. They must be
working hard on the parts we can't see.
September 27, 5 p.m. - Another dramatic photo! I
hope this makes up for the crappy photo days. Now,
you just must go visit the
Dave took another tour of the site and has posted a
wonderfully detailed report.
September 28, 5 p.m. - When I took this photo there
were a dozen workers lined up against that form on the
east side of the grand staircase. I circled them.
It looks like the concrete pourer thingie is pouring into
that form and maybe they were just helping it along.
September 29, 4:30 p.m. - In today's big picture, you
can see that they are getting the west side roof painting
pretty well finished and you can also see that they have
been playing in the rock pile some more. Not a lot
of work going on there today but it was a nice day to
September, 30, 3:30 p.m. - In the very top right hand
corner of today's photo there's a circle. Inside the
circle is a painter painting the western arch. It's
really hard to see in the picture. You'll have to
trust me. Sean sent a note that the big flag was
missing from yesterday's photo. And the flag on the
pole is tightly wrapped around that pole so that it can't
flap out. The picture from last year shows a bit of
a weather contrast!