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.
April 1, 3:30p.m. - They took the form off that thing
in the middle of the plaza (see red circle). Still
not clue what it might be. There is also a thing (I
cannot tell what it is) up on the ledge of the northwest
tower. It's been up there for a couple of days but
they moved it a bit today. I'm thinking maybe
painting supplies??!! Oh and I also found out that
the lights - the ones you can see in the concrete from
Dan's cam view - are a section of 123 runway lights.
They are all different and should make quite a show!
April 2, 4 p.m. - The wall got broken up! It's
now a group of stumps. You can see some of them in
the red circle and I've placed an arrow next to another
one. They must have a different future than I first
April 3, 4 p.m. - Well, wouldn't you know it?
They started painting yesterday and I totally missed it!
See the band just above the bricks? They did that
yesterday and I was asleep at the wheel. But,
today's painting - even I couldn't miss! Also when I
snapped this, there was a worker in the basket coming down
from the scoreboard structure - in the circle.
April 4, 5 p.m. - We are action central around here
today! Paint and Porta Potty Parade and
trees!!! They painted the beak holder today.
And there are more Porta Potties lined up - even more than
the photo caught. But, the big news is the trees.
Looks like there are at least a couple of dozen of them.
They are still balled so they probably won't live
where they are currently standing. Should be fun to
see where they are going.
April 5, 4:15 p.m. - The painter was sure busy today!
And, I noticed something new in the elevator wells.
I had to get out my binoculars to see but they have
already installed the plaques that tell you what's on what
floor! You can't really tell in the photo but I did
circle one - you'll have to trust me. That's what
they are. They probably installed them a while ago
but they had that plastic over the openings so we couldn't
see them or the nice little railings that they put up in
April 6, 3:30 p.m. - The painter was out early
today. I went to run an errand and saw him going up
in his cherry picker. I like the color. We
lost a few more trailers this week out of our 'office
city'. It's kind of sad to see them go. I
watched them go in. Watched them build on their
porch roofs and now I'm watching them tear down and move
out. Oh well. At least we have a record of it
April 8, 6:30 p.m. - Wow. Daylight Savings Time
makes a great picture. They really are defining that
Plaza space. I happened down Occidental today and
noticed that the painter still has a lot of work to do.
The entire southwest corner of the stadium is currently
paint-free. Robert discovered some newish aerial
April 7, 1:25 p.m. - There are some people on the site
(I circled them) today but they look like they might be
touring as opposed to working. This time last year I
was in South Carolina so I had to go back two years to get
today's historical perspective. Wow. I had
forgotten about those boxes they took off the side of the
Kingdome and lined up along the west border of the job
site. Wonder where they went?
April 9, 5 p.m. - We've got what looks like the
beginning of curbs! And, we lost a few more work
trailers. It was a wet and windy day here but they
got a lot of yard work done anyway.
April 10 5 p.m. - I just noticed today that they have
installed some kind of gating to the left of the
scoreboard there at the top of the steps. I circled
it and circled a spot on the northwest tower the painter
forgot! But, the big news is the latest photos on
First and Goal. Rikketyrik is the one who let me
know this time and these are the best - great details.
The first one is of the new trees - tulip trees - and you
can see my house behind them!
April 11, 4:30 p.m. - New gating today on the left
side of the stair tops (see circle). And they
planted trees in an area off to the right (see arrow) that
doesn't quite get in the picture. They are different trees
than the tulip ones we can see. They also put red
stakes around in that big patch of dirt right in front.
Things are shaping up!
April 12, 4 p.m. - The big news today won't show up
until tomorrow's XL photo but back on
August 22 of 2000, I pointed out that they were
building a roof over some trailers and making it kind of
fancy... Today they are tearing it down.
Taking it apart bit by bit. We are losing about a
trailer a day these days.
April 13, 3:15 p.m. - There were a few people working
on site this morning but it looks like they gave it up and
left about noon. In the big picture today you should
be able to see the trailer roof I was talking about
yesterday (lower left of the photo) and the new trees I
mentioned earlier in the week - the ones they have
April 14, noon - A nice cloud just passed over and
enabled me to get off a fairly good shot today. On
the right, of course, is this day last year.
First and Goal has even more new and some pretty
amazing photos up. They are getting really good at
keeping up with photos these days.
April 15, 5 p.m. - It looks like we have new dirt in
this photo but it's just rain. It looks like they
got more ground work in before the rain, though.
More little walls and curbs.
April 16, 5 p.m. - Yesterday they started this strange
orange thing up the stairs to the left of the scoreboard.
Today they added even more. It's that orange temporary
fencing and I can't fathom what it's there for. Sure
does clash with the stadium colors!
April 17, 4 p.m. - It's really hard to see because of
the shadows (darned sun!) but they installed handrails on
the stairway today. Greg surmised on the ClamCam
Forum that the orange fencing was to prevent people from
walking on the steps while they did the finishing work.
I surmised that Greg has probably nailed it.
April 18, 1 p.m. - Lots more yard work today and the
new pics at
First and Goal indicate that I was wrong. Can
you imagine? I said a couple of weeks ago that the
trees that they had planted were different than the tulip
trees they have in the holding area. Apparently the
ones they planted, are, in fact, tulip trees. Oh
April 19, 4 p.m. - Isn't that a wonderful sky in
today's photo? We had no rain today and the workers
took great advantage. The plaza is really starting
to shape up. Still hard to believe they will be
totally finished in just over two months.
April 20, 5 p.m. - When I first pulled this shot out
of the camera it looked, with the sky like that, like one
of the renderings that the architects did! There
have been people out there working in that plaza all day.
They have been mushing down dirt and building forms and
pouring concrete like it was a weekday!
April 21, 2 p.m. - I saw workers going to and from
their cars today. They must be working on the inside
because I can't see any other action. This time last
year, Big Blue was a daily favorite. Wonder how he's
April 22, 5 p.m. - We lost a few more trailers over
the weekend - or sometime recently. I just noticed
they were gone today. They have masked off the
elevator doors in the northwest tower. Maybe they
are going to paint them? And, more concrete poured
April 24, 5 p.m. - Turns out I got home today in
plenty of time. More concrete. I'm sure they
are working on those steps but I can't really see any
change. The north end of the site - the part you can
really only seen in the Saturday XL picture is really
looking different. Fewer trailers and lots more open
space. It's starting to look a little abandoned.
April 23, 5:30 p.m. - More of the same today - yard work.
My front yard is going to look so wonderful. For the
next two days I will be in a meeting downtown. I'm
hoping that with these longer days, I'll be able to get a
photo but when I'll be able to post it is going to be the
trick so just know that things won't be on a normal
schedule here again until Friday. Oh and, of course,
there are new pics up at
First and Goal. Really.
April 25, 6:30 a.m. - I was able to grab a photo early
this morning which, obviously does not show much progress
from yesterday's. It's 9 p.m. now and too dark to
see much. Sean, however, reminded me that I haven't
posted a link to
Charpy's fabulous photos in a while so you might want
to check out his high resolution shots taken from the
April 26, 4 p.m. - I am somewhat at a loss for words
here. I got an email early this morning suggesting
that I check out the First and Goal web cam and that's how
I discovered the new artwork. I found out that it
was added mid-day yesterday. I've been working hard
all day to figure out something positive to say about it.
The best I can come up with is maybe it's temporary?
April 27, 2 p.m. - I got a note saying that the
traffic light thing is Native American artwork. So I
guess it's not very politically correct of me to criticize
it but I just can't love it. And I'm really trying.
We lost a couple of more construction trailers today.
We've now got about half of what we did when the place was
April 28, 7 p.m. - The sun nearly made me forget
today's photo! It was so bright all day that I
couldn't get a good shot and then I got involved in the
Mariners game and the result of that game just bummed out
my memory. Sad but true. Oh, Sean sent this link for
more info on the
traffic light artwork...
April 29, 5 p.m. - Several people noticed and sent me
email that they have taken all the plastic off the seats
in the top section of the west side. It's still on
the seats in the section below which is really kind of the
middle section but the lowest one we can see. And I
did hear from one person who does like the new artwork.
I'm trying and I think I'll at least get used to it.
April 30, 4 p.m. - Today's photo had a circle and an
arrow! And I need to correct yesterday's entry.
It is, of course, the east side seats we see. I am
directionally challenged, I know. The circle is of
that little tiny area that remained unpainted... until
today! The arrow is to designate the window to the
sky boxes. At lunch today I noticed that there was a
very cool light show going on there. Apparently they
were doing something very colorful on the field and it was
reflecting in the glass... It got me to thinking that even
though I can't see the field, maybe I can watch the game
reflected in those windows!