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The Kingdome Comes Down...

 May 2000

050100.jpg (50657 bytes)Monday, May 1, 5 p.m. - The red circle today shows a really big spotKingdome_rubble.jpg (109477 bytes) 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!
050200.jpg (46889 bytes)Tuesday, 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!
050300.jpg (56173 bytes)Wednesday, 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.
050400.jpg (48682 bytes)Thursday, 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.
050500.jpg (58794 bytes)Friday, 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 toy!
050600.jpg (69751 bytes)Saturday, 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 cousin. 
050700.jpg (50828 bytes)Sunday, 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.
050800.jpg (210563 bytes)Monday, 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!
050900.jpg (62973 bytes)Tuesday, 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.
051000.jpg (52795 bytes)Wednesday, 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.
051100.jpg (60302 bytes)Thursday, 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 new stadium.
051200.jpg (49663 bytes)Friday, 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 yesterday. 
051300.jpg (49458 bytes)Saturday, 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 this project.
051400.jpg (45638 bytes)Sunday, 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. 
051500.jpg (72542 bytes)Monday, 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!
051600.jpg (59343 bytes)Tuesday, 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 sites. 
051700.jpg (58434 bytes)Wednesday, 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.
051800.jpg (49969 bytes)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!
051900.jpg (55437 bytes)Friday, 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 day.
052000.jpg (49680 bytes)Saturday, 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. 
052100.jpg (53623 bytes)Sunday, 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. 
052200.jpg (55488 bytes)Monday, 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. 
052300.jpg (66042 bytes)Tuesday, 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??!!!
052400.jpg (50438 bytes)Wednesday, 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!
052500.jpg (50827 bytes)Thursday, 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.
052600a.jpg (52818 bytes)Friday, May 26, noon - The site is kind of quiet today. Maybe the052600.jpg (26222 bytes) 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 cool Kingdome 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:

Ivar Sandsmark's Live Cam
Dan Sherbeck's Live Cam
Turner Construction's Cam
Charpy's Cam

 

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