The New Stadium...
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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.
May 1, 5 p.m. - The new photos up today at
First and Goal explain more about the new artwork and
show pictures of some other artwork coming up soon.
Hard to believe there are fewer than 60 days left to go!
May 2, 5 p.m. - I was home at lunch and for really the
first time since construction began I could clearly hear a
whole lot of construction noise. They dirt pushers
were pushing, the concrete things here concreting, and
everyone was making noise. When I got home at 5 it
was deader than a doornail and just as quiet.
May 3, 4 p.m. - There are changes every day in the
plaza area and in the trailer area. Sean reports
that they were to have started laying the turf yesterday.
Funny how what I can't see doesn't seem to register with
me. Field? Heck, when I could see in, I cared.
Now? I want to see more trees and some grass in
front. To each his (or her) own.
May 4, 10:30 a.m. - There are some people out there
working today. A painter is working on the railings
along the northwest wall (you can see him in the XL photo)
and some folks out in the plaza. Yesterday's Post
Intelligencer had a nice shot of the
FieldTurf installation. And Sean says they have
decided to call the stadium Seahawks Stadium.
May 5, 1:45 p.m. - Our local weather people usually
miss the mark but today the horrible, cold, rainy, windy
day they said was coming must have had other plans.
Yesterday they installed some poles or support like things
- see the circles. They look like they will hold up
something - like a little roof of some kind?
May 6, 5 p.m. - They are working away at the Plaza.
More trees planted, more concrete poured, and some wire
strung in between the poles they put in on Saturday.
Rikketryik reminded me of Charpy's high resolution photos.
Check out his
latest from last Friday - it has a good view of the
field and the plaza work.
May 7, 5 p.m. - They took down the wires between the
poles but they are working on them as you can see in the
photo. They also installed a pole of directional
signs at the top of the stairs (see circle). More
trailers gone. And more concrete laid down.
May 8, 5 p.m. - They installed another directional
flag pole today on the left hand side of the scoreboard at
the top of the stairs. Some kind soul posted a link
Washington State Public Stadium Authority website
(remember, these are the folks who told me to quit using
their logo). They have a nice photo of the 'grass'
on the field. Looks good and green!
May 9, 5 p.m. - When I got home at 5 p.m. today I
could clearly hear a band playing. I swear it
sounded like it was coming from inside the Seahawks
Stadium. The First and Goal web cam doesn't show the
inside of the field. I checked Safeco's web cam to
see if they were playing here and if so, they aren't on
the field. Very strange.
May 10, 4 p.m. - Well, the marching band was back this
morning and, yes, they were testing the sound system and
the alarm system. It was quite the symphony this
morning! They also got a delivery of what looks like
some shrubs. You'll see them in the XL photo
tomorrow. Oh and there are new photos up at
First and Goal - quite a good one of the poles and it
looks like they are making great bleacher installation
May 11, 2 p.m. - It's a three photo day! There
is a lot of noise out there today mainly because the
encampment closest to me is being torn down completely.
The picture on the right has 2 circles - a big one where
the encampment was and a smaller one way in the back
around the shrubs that were delivered yesterday. The
right hand photo also shows you the gaps in trailer-ville.
They used to crammed in along that fence on the right and
the one along the railroad in the back. Now there
are big holes where some of them used to be.
May 12, 2 p.m. - We've had a few people working on and
off today. The arrow shows one worker doing
something to one of the wells in the northwest tower.
Also I just noticed that they have pulled the plastic off
that next tier of seats (in circle). You can't
really tell because that dumb sun is out, and I can't even
tell when they did it... looks like maybe Friday.
May 13, 3 p.m. - Rikketryik found this cool link of
pictures of the turf going in. They cleared out
a bunch of stuff from the parking lot/trailer area today
and are working on what looks to be the top of the poles
today. I can't see any plastic left on any seats
May 14, 4 p.m. - Yes, it's a 3 picture day. The
second on on the left shows a major milestone. On
February 17, 2000 they started a dirt pile which became a
huge pile of big rocks and then a huge pile of small rocks
and then a big dirt pile and then a small dirt pile and a
small dirt hump and today it totally disappeared.
Wow. Hard to believe it's gone. The picture on
the right is one that Greg caught from
Sherbeck's webcam. Bird Attack On The New
May 15, 4 p.m. - They did more clearing of the parking
lot area today and right now they are testing the alarm
system. I can hear it and see it. There are
lights flashing all over the place. Kind of cool
May 16, 5:30 - 2 arrows and a circle today! The
circle surrounds a little mini-tour I caught. They
were walking in a tight group all over the place.
The arrow towards the bottom points out what look like
they are going to be the top of the poles. But the
most curious is the top arrow. It looks like they
have put plywood by the stairs there. Wonder what
that's going to be?
May 17, 5 p.m. - They spent more time prepping the new
parking area today and planted some more shrubs.
They have also installed some pole lights over where the
tree is in the way. It's really shaping up out
May 18, 11 a.m. - They started paving early this
morning. And, you can see in the XL photo that
they've already done a lot. They have also been
testing the alarm system all morning long. It's
getting a little annoying. I drew a red circle
around some of the windows in the suite boxes. They
look really green today for some reason. It may be a
reflection off the field but it doesn't look like it.
Strange. Oh and there are new pictures up at
First and Goal.
May 19, noon - I got some inside info for you!
The plywood is a place holder for some mesh panels that
haven't arrived yet. The alarm testing is apparently
quite involved. It continues today and may go til
Wednesday. Fortunately, it's cold enough for me to
keep the door closed so it's not so annoying. On the
field, the goalposts go in next week. And the Turner
trailer - the first one to go in - goes out the first week
in June. It will be very different not to see it!
It looks like the first 'do' will be July 20 with a
May 20, 4 p.m. - They put the first of the tops of the
poles up today. Guess that's going to be one of the
gateways to the complex. They also installed kind of
a walkway of plywood across the new blacktop. You
can see it in the bottom left hand side of today's photo -
it goes across the blacktop to the area they haven't paved
May 21, 3 p.m. - As you can see, they are testing the
lights - check under the east side roof. They put
another top on the poles, too. And, there are a
couple of flowering trees that have been delivered (to the
parking area) but not yet planted. I'm leaving again
for a few days - see note in red box - I expect the plaza
area will look a lot different when I get back.
May 22, 4 p.m. - For all those times I've whined about
the sun ruining my photo, today is retribution. Look
at that great sky and the light is perfect for catching
details. Wow. They are still testing the
lights as you can see.
May 23, 4 p.m. - Different sky today! They've
done more little things to the plaza. Oh and they
have most, if not all, of the gating in at the top of the
steps near the base of the grand staircase. They
still have those roof lights on. That's one heck of
a test. Maybe they are trying to see how long the
May 24, 2 p.m. - It looks like a lot of the workers
have left early for the long weekend. They did some
dirt work before they left and there are sprinklers going
on in some of the dirt patches. They have been
testing the sound system since yesterday. They are
using some interesting music selections. The camera
is now going into the suitcase. You folks behave
while I'm gone. Next picture - this time next week.
May 31, 2 p.m. - She's back!!! Did you miss me?
The site is really shaping up! They laid another
layer of blacktop and are painting white lines today!
And they hoisted the flag atop the scoreboard.
You'll be able to see it in tomorrow's XL shot. They did a
lot more planting of trees and shrubs. There are
only a handful of trailers left. They have less than
a month to go til their finish date of June 28 and I think
they are going to make it.