The New Stadium...
remember, all photos are thumbnails - click on them to get the bigger version
When you see
you can click on it and get a really big, non-zoomed version of the day's photo!
Every Saturday I take an extra large photo and
every Sunday I replay the photo from the same day the year before.
January 1, 12:30 p.m. - I know I'm still on December's
page but I think I'm going to hold off moving to a January
page until this weekend. The new tour page is up!
It's full of photos and they are all extra large.
Check it out!
January 2, 1:30 p.m. - There was a good bit more
activity out there today. Trucks moving around and
cranes craning, etc. I did see, on my tour, that the
steps on the grand staircase actually are sets of steps
with little landings in between. And, where the
bottom step is not way higher than the ground, the rest of
the Kingdome will be used as fill to raise the ground up
to meet the bottom step.
January 3, 2:30 p.m. - Boy, they weren't kidding about
getting started on the Plaza in front of the grand
staircase! You can see that they have already
started building up to the bottom of the steps.
Outside of the photo - in what used to be the top of the
Kingdome parking lot - they are also getting a good start
on it all.
January 4, 1:30 p.m. - Boy, I was sure asleep at the
wheel yesterday. Fortunately,
Rikketyrik was totally awake and saw that I caught an
action shot! The crane had just finished putting up
the final section of mesh in the scoreboard tower! I
couldn't get the sun out of the way for today's shot but
the biggest change is in the plaza grading - they are
wasting no time getting that stuff done!
January 5, 10:30 a.m. - Not a lot going on today, but
in today's big photo, you can really see the plaza work
I've been telling you about. The rock pile is
quickly going away. I'm going to miss it! The
2001 Year End page is ready
and, I've added smaller versions of the photos on the
latest tour page.
January 6, 1:30 p.m. - The site is deserted today.
But, the parking lot (north of the rock pile) is beginning
to fill up with boats for the boat show. One thing I
did forget to mention - on my tour last week I asked about
any peep on the stadium's name. Nothing yet.
January 7, noon - It has been raining all day and I
would think that the rain would help the spreading and
packing of the rock pile into the flat areas near the
steps. There are a couple of strange looking flat
white things just at the base of the steps. Even
with my binoculars, I can't see what they might be.
If you are seeing some broken images on this page it's
because the server where I keep them is apparently down.
They'll be back soon... I hope.
January 8, 1:30 p.m. - We got two more of those
curious white things today in front of the steps.
Still no clue what they might be or be for. When I
took this picture there were all kinds of trucks and
things crawling over the dwindling rock pile. And,
they are madly working on those steps.
January 9, 3 p.m. - Ok, so when was the last time we
had so much action in the photo that we needed two arrows
and a circle??!!! Wow. Ok, remember those
white things? They are the hustle boards! And
they went up today. See arrows. And Sharp-Eye
Greg discovered that they were starting work on the
elevator doors in the northwest tower (circle) yesterday.
January 10 2:30 p.m. - At this rate, the last of the
Kingdome will be no longer a rock pile by Saturday!
Wow. They are really plowing through it. When I took
this photo there was lots of action on site... trucks
moving around, people moving around... It's funny,
sometimes it just seems like a beehive and sometimes -
even in the middle of a weekday - it's really quiet.
January 11, 1 p.m. - We got doors today on the
elevator holes in that north west tower (the one on the
right of the photo) and they've done even more yard work.
There are some red grid looking things on the ground in
front of the steps and I can't make out what they will be.
But, I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
January 12, 3 p.m. - I just couldn't get the sun in
the right place today and so the photos are so dark.
Sorry. But, you can just make out the teensy little
pile of rocks. You have to go to the extra large
version because the regular version doesn't even show it!
And some tidbits for you... the red steel thing at the
bottom of the stairs is the structure that will form the
main north tower scoreboard. It goes up next week.
The elevator doors in the north west tower are the last
elevators to go in.
January 13, 2 p.m. - I did get confirmation that the
hustle boards are really those from the Kingdome.
They were refurbished for hanging outdoors. For the
plaza they are building landscape berms. They will
also be laying out sidewalks there and along Occidental
(the road between me and the stadium).
January 14, 12:30 p.m. - I got a note today that
reminded me that I had not checked
Charpy's website for his great photos of the site.
He's got a great history of the construction going from an
entirely different vantage point. Why don't you head
on over there and check out
his latest?! It seemed kind of quiet on the site
January 15, 12:15 p.m. - I caught a nice sky (nice for
contrast, not so nice if you are looking for sun which
isn't good for my photos, but people around here still
seem to want it all the time anyway...). The right
hand side of the back of the big scoreboard turned yellow
January 16, 2 p.m. - Work continues on the inside of
that big scoreboard... I suspect that soon it would be
covered and we no longer be able to see inside it.
And... speaking of covered, we now have plastic over the
elevators in the northwest tower. I guess they don't
want us to watch.
January 17, 10:30 a.m. - I've been lucky with the
light the past few days. They are still working on
the back of the scoreboard tower. And they have
really flattened and cleared out the plaza area. I
just saw on the news where we have a chance of snow in the
coming days... that could put an interesting frosting on
January 18, 10:30 a.m. - It looks like they moved the
red steel things out so they could even up the ground just
in front of the steps. They have the whole plaza
area all marked off now. It's going to be really
January 19, 2 p.m. - It's a quiet day on the site and
no snow... yet. In today's big photo, you can really
get a good view of the pre-plaza work and you can see the
teensy little hill that was once the rock pile that was
once so big, I could not see the trailers on the other
January 20, 3:30 p.m. - It's a cold, sunny day here
and the site is quiet as can be. I do need to warn
you that next week is going to bring a few days with no
pictures. Yep. I'll be in a three day meeting
on the other side of town and won't be home at all during
the daylight. Sorry. So, unless something different
happens, no photos Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
January 21, 12:30 p.m. - Well, at least the sun
cooperated enough for me to get one good shot before I
abandon you all until Friday. The site is obviously
observing Martin Luther King day as there is not a soul to
be seen there today. Sorry, again, about the three
day blackout... Meet you back here on Friday.
January 25, 9:30 a.m. - I'm back!! And they have
been working on the scoreboard tower. Remember those
red grid looking things that were on the ground?
Well, I caught them installing the last one this morning.
They lifted it up over the tower and installed it on the
south side. The other big change is that they have
brought in a lot of dirt and the rock pile is now a dirt
pile. You'll be able to see it in tomorrow's big pic.
January 26, 1:30 p.m. - Today appears to be a day off
on the site. Nothing going on. But, in the big
picture, as promised, you can see the new dirt pile.
And, speaking of big pictures, you should really go over
Charpy's site and see his high resolution shots.
They are really good. p.s. We had a little snow/hail
squall about 3:30 this afternoon so I had to snap an extra
photo today. Click on the snowman...
January 27, 8:30 a.m. - I took today's shot a little
earlier than usual in order to capture that rare Seattle
item, a snow storm! Shortly after the photo was
snapped, the snow stopped and now, 11 a.m., it's nearly
all melted. But, it was fun while it lasted.
An anonymous poster on the Clam Cam Forum noted,
correctly, that the dirt pile is being built from dirt
they are digging out of the field. Charpy's photos
give you a good view of the field where they are digging.
January 28, 1:30 p.m. -
First and Goal has some new pictures up that clearly
show the digging and grading of the field - the source of
our new dirt pile. Our days are already starting to
get longer. It was still daylight when I got out of
work. First time in a long time!
January 29, 1 p.m. - Hard to see a lot of changes in
today's photo. It was way cold here today so if I
had a choice, I'd would had found something to do inside.
January 30, 1 p.m. - I had heard that part of the
plaza making process was laying in underground electrical
and I think that's what they were doing today. I
circled a worker standing in a trench that they had dug.
Also they are making progress putting the 'back' on the
grand scoreboard. They finished the left hand
section and are about half way down the middle section
January 31, 3 p.m. - More of that yellow got covered
up today on the big scoreboard and they are still digging
trenches. I keep waiting for them to finish painting
the northwest tower but I guess they are waiting for the
rain to stop. Could be a while.