The Kingdome Comes Down...
May 1, 5 p.m. - The red circle today shows a really big spot that has been totally cleared of rubble and rocks.
The beginnings of the new stadium for sure! More pile driving today
and the rock piles continue to grow. Howard Frisk sent this great
close up shot of the last of the rubble. He also says that he'll be
adding some implosion shots he took to his website. They aren't
there yet, but he has some really marvelous photos of Seattle on his
website. Check it out!
May 2, 4 p.m. - Today's view of the site includes it all. They
are making great progress on the pile driving. The circle shows the
latest pile farm. The rectangle shows the remaining rubble from the
implosion. And, the arrow shows the spot where they are just before
starting some real construction. You gotta admire the person or persons
who are managing this project. It has to be a real juggling act!
May 3, 4 p.m. - More pile driving today and another perfectly
wonderful sky. Also, my life as a media darling gets an
extension. Q13 Reports (our tv channel 13's news show) called today.
They are working on a special report on the building of the stadium and
were looking for someone living with the project to interview. I
said 'sure!'. They will probably do the interview in a week or two.
May 4, 10:15 a.m. - I was reminded that my recent references to their
'starting' construction are a little off... They, in fact, started
construction before the implosion. The south end of the new stadium
is in the red circle. It was actually south of the Kingdome itself
so they went ahead and built it out. More pile driving today and
more rock pile building.
May 5, 5 p.m. - Ok, at first I thought the big pile o' rocks was fun
but now it's beginning to block my view and becoming a lot less fun!
I caught one of the perpetrators of the growth and you can see how big the
pile is. That huge piece of machinery looks smaller than a tinker
May 6, noon - There are actually two new things but this photo doesn't
show either. But, it's such a gorgeous day, I thought better to get
the big shot of the whole thing than just a part. The first thing is
that there is no more big rubble left. There are patches of rebar
around in the southwest corner of the site but the big pieces of the
Kingdome are gone. The second is that they have poured concrete so
you can see what will be the base of the northwest pillar of the
stadium. There are two major concrete pillar structures at the south
end of the lot and this thing looks like it will be it's north end
May 7, 4 p.m. - It's another beautiful day here. The only action
on the site today is one small truck at the far south end spraying water
on a pile of rocks. But, I can see the crowd at the baseball
game. I can't see their smiles but I know they got 'em cause as I
type this we're in the 7th and doing fine, thank you very much.
May 8, 4 p.m. - Before you click on today's picture, be
warned... it is twice as big as normal. I thought it was time for
another Big Picture so you can see how the construction is getting
organized. There are large flat spots and an interesting set of rows
of rock as well as the big pile o' rocks which is still growing!
May 9, 4 p.m. - Today is just more of the same. Everyday there
is a little more construction and a little more cleared away space.
In today's picture you can see a crane that is actually in the road just
to the right (in the picture) of the site. They are doing sewer
work. Ordinarily, it would look like a major deal but next to the
stadium project, it kind of looks like a mini-project.
May 10, 4:30 p.m. - They are moving stuff around and, at the same
time, adding stuff in. The big rock pile is really starting to block
my view. But, they appear to be building another big rock pile so
maybe we're getting to the top of the main one. Oh, and two more
porta potties were added today - in between the two rock piles.
May 11, 2:45 p.m. - I'm not usually home in the middle of the
afternoon but I snuck home to post this because it's my last chance at
daylight today. The noise is really interesting. I hear pile
drivers and trucks and dumping and horns and a train just went by.
It's like listening to a whole CD of sound effects but all at once.
None of it really loud but it sure fits my definition of cacophony.
The red circle is where they are making the most visible construction
progress. I'm thinking it's going to be the northwest most corner of the
May 12, 5 p.m. - No pile driving today. In fact, although there
is action on the site, it's almost silent. Really different than
May 13, 11:30 a.m. - They've put up the beginnings of a metal frame
around the corner of the new stadium closest to me. Things are
shaping up. On a personal note, I'd really like to thank all of you
who have left fun notes in my site guest book. Most of you don't
leave email addresses so I can't send you an email thank you but I want
you to know that I love that all of you are following along with me on
May 14, 9 a.m. - I wanted an early morning shot but had to wait until
9 to even get anything that wasn't blocked by the sun. It's a quiet
morning in the neighborhood. There hasn't been much of any work in
past Sunday's and I suspect that today won't be different. They had
the last of the rubble giveaways yesterday. The lines were still too
long to tempt me.
May 15, 4:30 p.m. - We got news! Today's red circle is around a
black kind of construction thingie that has grown up around the pilings
that they first drove in weeks ago. It's kind of hard to see in the
picture. Actually, it's kind of hard to see from here... it's in the
far southeast corner of the site. But, it's definitely new!
May 16, 4:30 p.m. - I think you can see the new structure a little
better today. Also they seem to be getting the rocks in order.
In addition to the big pile o' rocks (on the left in this photo) they have
some nice rows of small piles in the middle of the construction
May 17, 10:30 a.m. - Today reporter John Yeager and his great
cameraman, Harry Higgins from Q13Reports
(our Fox affiliate here in Seattle) came to do a story about living next
door to the construction of the new stadium. They were great and
tremendous fun. I took their photo to show you and then, instead of
capturing it for the web page, I accidentally deleted it. I can't
believe I did that. They are both really good looking and would have
been a great addition to the page! I'm kicking myself. As far
as site news today... The black construction thingie is being quickly
covered with a frame of wood. There is a lot of activity, boards
being moved around, rocks being moved around, piles being driven, you name
it... it's happening out there this afternoon (4:30). It's just a
beehive of activity. This morning when Harry and John where
here they were just driving a few piles. Someone must have sounded
the 'get to work!' whistle since then.
|Thursday, May 18, 4:30 p.m. -
Ok, so they crunched up the rubble into big rocks and made the big rock
pile. Behind it they take the big rocks and make little rocks.
Well, today the pile of little rocks (circled in red) had nearly totally
obliterated my view of the trailer-office complex... Here's a photo
from the week before the implosion. You can see the office trailers
clearly and check out how small the rock pile was back then!
May 19, 4:00 p.m. - We have another beautiful sky today. There
is a game in Safeco Field tonight and it's going to be a perfect evening
for baseball. On the job site, there is more clearing and different
kinds of trucks today. I didn't get home during the day today but
right now (4 p.m.) there is no pile driving and very little noise of any
kind but I can see the activity. They must just be having a quiet
May 20, 3 p.m. - The only work that seems to be going on today is in
the far southwest corner where the last of the big rocks are. I'm
thinking that it must be Aman who, I understand, is responsible for the
implosion clean up. The reason that the photo looks like I've been
dipping into the liquor cabinet is that I was hoping I could get a shot
that would show you the crowd at Safeco Field today. They are a
happy group since Ricky Henderson stepped up to lead off the game with his
first at bat as a Mariner and hit it out of the park.
May 21, 2 p.m. - It would be a quiet day in the neighborhood but there
is a sold out game in Safeco Field today and Ricky Henderson just hit his
second lead off home run in as many days. With no construction
noise, you can easily hear the crowd roar. It's very cool.
Today's circles show what I believe will be the north and south eastern
corners of the new stadium.
May 22, 4 p.m. - No pile driving today but major rock crushing.
The pile of little rocks is quickly taking over the pile of big
rocks. The Aman crushers are all now in the far southwest corner
getting that to match the rest of the site which is pretty much -
different piles of rocks.
May 23, 4:30 p.m. - Well, we have a new flat area... They have cleared
off the area I circled in red. And, actually, they've cleared off
the area behind that long berm of rocks just in back of the circled
area. I'm getting a bit anxious about what they will do while I'm
gone next week. What if I miss something BIG??!!!
May 24, 4:00 p.m. -The far Southwest corner of the site was the home
of the last of the big pieces and rebar. Today it is a nice, flat
spot with no hint of what was. Today, for the first day, it really
does seem like a construction site and not a demolition site. Of
course, most construction sites don't start with quite so many rocks!
May 25, 4:00 p.m. - The pile drivers haven't been driving in
days. Wonder if they've finished. Surely not. Anyway
today seems to be more rock piling and more clearing. I did notice
some major digging about middle of the site on the west side. The
sky is really a beautiful blue today - the weather forecasters say it
isn't going to last but then they said it would be gone by noon today and
that didn't happen.
May 26, noon - The site is kind of quiet today. Maybe the
workers are starting their Memorial Day weekend a little early.
There are machines moving out there but I can hardly hear a thing in
here. Kind of strange. Well, remember when I accidently
deleted the photos from my latest interview? Well, I've managed a
bit of a recovery. Top here is Harry Higgins with the added
attraction of seeing him getting ready to film during the last days of
the Kingdome. Below Harry is John Yeager, the reporter. Ok,
I'll admit it, I snagged this one off their website. I haven't seen the
interview yet - it may have aired and I missed it. They do have some
implosion stuff on their website that you can check out.
Now, remember, I'm gone for a week and I want you all to behave while
I'm gone. I should get home in time on Saturday, June 3rd to get you
an update. Meanwhile, you can visit some of these great Kingdome
'live' cam sites:
Sherbeck's Live Cam