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March 2002

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.
Friday, March 1, 1:30 p.m. - I caught them installing something at the top on the other side of the big scoreboard but I couldn't tell what it was. I did hear today for a well place source that the rusty thingies (or Falsework Towers) that were with us so long and served Safeco before us have gone to scrapyard heaven.  We were, apparently, their last hurrah...  May we have a moment of silence, please.
 
Saturday, March 2, 3 p.m. - You can see all the dirt I've been talking about in today's XL photo.  They have been bringing it in by the truckloads.  But, not today.  Today was a quiet day on the site. There was a soccer game at Safeco Field, which, if they have it next year, I suspect it will be at our new stadium.
Sunday, March 3, 1:30 p.m. - I think the contrast between this year and last year is one of the most dramatic yet.  We were just beginning to feel like it was a stadium this time last year.  Yet another new batch of pix at First and Goal.
Monday, March 4, 5 p.m. - Well, we have the daily late afternoon lineup of porta potties (see circle).  The dirt moving is taking shape.  It's not real easy to see in the photograph, but I put a couple of arrows where they have created specific beds - I'm guessing for plantings.  This plaza is going to be so nice.
Tuesday, March 5, 3:15 p.m. - More dirt work and no late afternoon porta potty line up today.  Still no painting but I can see - with my binoculars - through a little hole beyond the grand scoreboard that they have added some more seats into that lower (but not lowest) tier of seats.
Wednesday, March 6, 10 a.m. - You should think cold and windy when you look at this photo.  The weather people predicted snow which we did not get but we sure got the cold and windy.  Can't see where they did much today except for more dirt pushing around. 
Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m. - Generally, I take about 3 pictures a day and then when I post the entry (generally about 5ish in the afternoon), I pick the best photo of the day.  Usually I get one mid-morning, one at lunch and one just before I post (if it's daylight still).  For the last two days, the mid-morning one is the only decent one of the day.  You are missing, with this scheme, however, the now daily afternoon lineup of porta potties.  I'm just sure that they are sending them all back in shifts as likely the real plumbing is all in place and working.
Friday, March 8, 10 a.m. - Yep, that's snow.  And last night we had lightening and thunder - very unusual for Seattle.  Wild weather.  By noon the snow had pretty much melted here.  New pix and First and Goal mainly of the field work going on which, of course, we can't see at all.  The First and Goal folks have sure gotten better about putting up timely photos.
Saturday, March 9, 1:30 p.m. - Not a whole lot going on today but it's not totally dead either.  I saw a couple of trucks moving around.  I drove by the west side today which is the part on Occidental and they have very nearly finished all the sidewalks along the way.  It's looking very nice.
Sunday, March 10, 12:30 p.m. - The lovely plaza is, today, pretty much a mud field as we've had a slow steady rain all day.  For this day last year, I decided to go back two years and grab one of the final Kingdome days.  It looks kind of sad, doesn't it?
Monday, March 11, 3:30 p.m. - More dirt and more porta potties.  Do you think we're in a rut here?  The shadows kind of hide it but we have a new dirt mound in front of the grand staircase.  I love how the dirt moving machines all line up in their places at the end of the day.
Tuesday, March 12, 5 p.m. - Today there was a lot of moving around on the site - trucks and people, but I can't tell what they did.  There's some new stuff on the top of the grand staircase but I think it's just waiting there until it goes to where it's supposed to be and I can't really tell what it is anyway.  Still no painting of that north tower. 
Wednesday, March 13, 4 p.m. - Nothing much besides dirt moving happened on our side today.  BUT, on the south west end of the stadium they placed the first of the artwork.  The Seattle Post Intelligencer had a nice little photo of it this morning.  The also called the stadium the  Washington State Football/Soccer Stadium.  No way, that's going to stick.
Thursday, March 14, 1:15 p.m. - You get a bonus picture today, thanks to Greg.  He spotted this on Dan Sherbeck's webcam this afternoon and you can't see it in my pic.  But, they laid a big 'pond' of what looks (through my binoculars) like concrete!  You can also get a good look at today's porta potty line up.  Also on last night's tv news, I heard that the field turf will start to go down on May 1 and the things they are 'staging' at the top of the grand staircase are more bleachers!  Now, that's not a bad day's report!
Friday, March 15, 3 p.m. - I went out to check today on the cement pond and it is, indeed, cement - looks like the Plaza is starting to take real shape.  Rich found this great link on the Seahawks site about the new scoreboards.  Interesting stuff.  I've added a link to Dan Sherbeck's webcam at the top of the page.  It's going to be good viewing from here on out since it's showing the entrance to the entrance.
Saturday, March 16, 11:30 a.m. - Bonus picture today because we had some important action that doesn't show in the other pictures.  We lost offices!  Circled are two trailer offices being trucked out and the second circle shows where they were (the one that's still there in the photo is now gone, too!)...  And, you can see that we got more snow. In the regular photos it's still snowing but it's way to warm to stick on the ground and it's really just the occasional flake now.
Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m. - No snow today!  It's chilly but the sun has been out all day.  Tony from Olympia got a tour of the stadium last week and picked up some interesting info about the plaza.  He reports that the entrance where the tickets will be taken (and where there will probably be a high iron gate) will be way out where the large berm is. This will be just in front of where the big dirt piles are now.  He says the gates will be open during the week so that the public can enjoy the plaza and walk up the stairs to even see the field.  That will be very cool.
Monday, March 18, 4:45 p.m. -  If you feel like you are looking through a mist at today's photo, you are right.  It's been 'misty' all day.  But, that didn't stop the dirt moving or the Daily PPP (That's Porta Potty Parade).  Wonder how many of those things they had on site and how many more they have to send back to the farm.  Guess I could have counted...
Tuesday, March 19, 2:15 p.m. - No PPP today!  Wonder if they've run out?  It was kind of rainy all day so mainly all I saw was more mud moving.  Greg found a really cool article about the bleachers in today's Seattle Times
Wednesday, March 20, 2:30 p.m. - Yep... snow... big big flakes.  It snowed most of the afternoon but melted as it hit the ground.  It stopped down here at sea level about 5 p.m.  So far, this has been a wild March as far as Seattle weather is concerned.  They are still pushing dirt around the site.  It's really hard to see a difference.  I see a lot of dirt coming into the site.  They must just be packing it down.
Thursday, March 21, 3:45 p.m. - Yesterday snow - Today Spring.  Wild.  The crane was putting something on the south side of the scoreboard but I couldn't see what.  Anybody watching the counter?  It's only 100 days until the stadium will be finished.  Hard to believe.
Friday, March 22, 2:30 p.m. - They filled in more of the sidewalk today but unfortunately it missed both my shot and Dan's web cam.  But, they are really working on the Plaza. 
Saturday, March 23, noon - There are a fair number (for a Saturday) of hard-hatted people walking around the site today.  A few here and a few there.  It's kind of strange.  In today's big picture you can see the new sidewalk.  It's along Occidental which is the street between me and the stadium.
Sunday, March 24, noon:30 - They have been testing out the roof lights on the west side for at least the last two nights.  I didn't know it until someone told me yesterday and, sure enough, they were on again last night.  The lighting is truly spectacular.  And, speaking of lighting, if you've checked Dan's webcam lately you can see the concrete section they have poured is covered with little dots.  I did some recognizance work and each of those dots is an upside down tin bucket.  I'm thinking they might be covering some kind of inlaid lighting.  Oh, and, this day two years ago was the day before the day before The implosion.  You can see the plastic they put up outside my terrace.
Monday, March 25, 4 p.m. - More porta potties today!  And more definition in the dirt piles.  Just off the lower right of my photo they are laying more new sidewalk down every day.  You can watch them do it on Dan's web cam.   And, thanks to Greg for reminding me to look, First and Goal has some new pix up - including one of the plaza buckets, which actually do turn out to be lights!!
Tuesday, March 26, 1:30 p.m. - I am getting worried that they have totally forgotten to paint this northwest end.  It would make such a difference in our view.  I wonder what the hold up is?
Wednesday, March 27, 4:15 p.m. - I missed a big one.  On Monday, apparently, they installed hand rails for the bleacher seats!  You can see them on that incline leading up the grand scoreboard.  Last night I went over to check Dan's webcam and found this amazing shot on the right.  They had the roof lights on both sides but you can really see them here on the west side.  I would imagine they make quite the spectacle if you are flying over at night.
Thursday, March 28, 4:15 p.m. - It's been a while since we've had a red circle... but, we've got one today.  They have some kind of a form built out there in the middle of the Plaza area... maybe a little wall?  This morning's Post Intelligencer had a stadium update story and two good photos from inside.  And, today is my 53rd birthday!
Friday, March 29, 3:15 p.m. - there's another little wall going up in the plaza but it's just outside this photo - you can see it tomorrow.  They are really getting some definition to the dirt - you can see beds developing.  And they are laying more concrete every day.
Saturday, March 30, 2:30 p.m. - Well, I've got some insider info for you!  The painting is about ready to begin.  They are waiting for things to warm up a bit.  They need a steady 40 degrees or more to get going.  Should be soon!!  In today's big picture, I circled the new little retaining wall.  You can't really tell that's what it is - you'll have to trust me.  Oh and I put an arrow on the new sidewalks which show up for the first time in this week's XL shot.
Sunday, March 31, noon - This time last year was a time when the site was changing every day.  Remember the dog houses on the arch? And, the rusty thingies?  Wow.  These days we really can't see a lot of the changes. They have 62,000 seats in.  When the sun is right, I can see through the incline there and see that they still have a lot of bleacher seats to be installed yet.  Oh and the field turf installation starts in mid-April.

 

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