The Kingdome Comes Down...
remember, all photos are thumbnails - click on them to get the bigger
When you click on you get a really big version of today's photo!
Year's Day, 1:45 p.m. - A whole new year! Not
a thing going on at the stadium site except for some of
the bigger puddles are drying up and getting
smaller. Yep, it's like watching paint dry
today. But, it is interesting to conjur on what
it's going look like this time next year...
January 2, 4:15 p.m. - I took today's photo about
noon but had to come home and get something late this
afternoon and the sky was so neat looking, I decided to
see if I could capture it. Well, the sky doesn't
show as good as it looked in person but the photo sure
turned out to be one of the better ones. I wish I
knew more about photography and could get a photo like
this every day! Notice we got more seats today,
January 3, 2 p.m. - I caught them lifting up a
wooden frame, presumably for concrete pouring - see red
circle. Best I could tell it was destined for the
west wall which I cannot see. But, I do see that
we got even more seats today. Over the past few
months I've gotten several requests for photos zooming
in on detail. Sad to say, my photos are zoomed as
far as my camera will zoom.
January 4, noon - Today I nearly caught a set of
seats in the air... but, the circle does show where they
were putting them in. Tony sent me a note saying
and Goal has new pictures up. They are good,
check 'em out! And, Rikketyrik came up with a
really good idea. Starting this weekend, I'll add
a Big Picture option every day. That way you guys
can get more detail even if I can't zoom more! So
you'll have the thumbnail, the regular size and the big
size. Wonder why I didn't think of that
myself! Glad I have all of you! Oh, and
Richard noticed that the rock pile has really shrunk...
it sure has!
January 5, noon - Ok, I'm trying out a way to
present the new Big Picture version... I'm open to
suggestions. The first thing I noticed about
today's picture is that Safeco Field was totally
missing! My first thought was that the north wall
had gotten a big extension. But, a second look
determined that for some reason, they had the roof
closed today. Whew! 7 p.m. Just
minutes after I posted today's entry, I got a note from
Bret with exactly the idea I needed for the graphic to
click on for the big photo. Thanks, Bret, and have
a great time in Australia... Check in often!
January 6, 3:15 p.m. - Well, the sun just refuses to
go behind a cloud and let me get a decent photo.
So today you get some too light spots and some too dark
spots. I can't really see much progress today but
I can sure hear it. There's a welder working on
some stuff just under my terrace and making a heck of a
noise. And, the parking lot has been filling up
with boats for the boat show at the Exhibition
Center. Every time they bring one in, they have to
back it up and I get to hear the backup beep beep
beep. It feels like it's been going on all
day. At least I have the door closed!
January 7, 3 p.m. - Sean discovered a new section of
seats in yesterday's photo - I've put an arrow to them
in today's. And, Safeco Field is back!
Thanks to the sun, as well, for hiding a while so I
could get a decent shot!
January 8, noon - Some have noticed that the
Christmas trees are still up on that final tower.
Actually, I think they have been recycled into Topping
Trees. Traditionally, when a construction site
reaches it's highest point (like the top floor) they
hoist a tree up. In this case, the towers won't
exactly be the highest point but then the roof arches
might be hard to set a tree on!
January 9, 4 p.m. - I got a really clear photo
today - just got lucky. They are adding in the
next section of seats on the east side. You can
barely see the first couple of rows. Oh and
Rikketyrik discovered that Charpy
has some nifty new close up photos up.
January 10, 4:30 p.m. - Circles and arrows galore
today! Many of you saw what I didn't
yesterday... more rusty thingies have been placed
around - see the arrows! The consensus is that
they are in place to help with the roof placement.
I don't understand how that's going to work, but I'm
sure we'll see soon. They are slapping those seats
up fast! And, the northern scoreboard tower is
also growing... Wooden frames were taken off some of the
posts already. Tony found even more of Charpy's
cool photos that have a wider view. Tony says, and
I agree, our little project is really looking like a
stadium in these photos!
January 11, 4:30 p.m. - Ok, even I can't miss
today's changes <grin>. Check it out... I
got one of the seats 'in flight'! And they've
filled a bunch... But, all of you who predicted that
those rusty thingies were for roof installation got a
boost in your credibility... they made one of them twice
as tall today. This is making sense even to me!
New photos up at First
and Goal (Thanks, Tony!). Things are
January 12, 1:30 p.m. - There is a lot of noise and
action going on out there today. It's like
listening to a sound effects recording of
construction! I thought they would 'grow' another
rusty thing today but not yet.
January 13, noon - Check out the farthest rusty
thingie! It's really grown. Rikketyrik, send
me a link to the Mainers site that clearly shows
thingies used to hold up the roof while it was being
constructed at Safeco Field. He thinks, and he's
been right so far, that they may well be the exact same
January 14, 1:30 p.m. - This is the first Sunday in
a long time that there have been people working
onsite. And, they are working on the rusty
thingies. I forgot to mention yesterday that the
ones making up the tallest sections were moved from
right under my nose. I circled there they used to
be. The arrow points to where there is a guy right
now doing some welding. There are some
construction noises out there but aside from the welder,
I can't see where they are working. I did notice
yesterday, when I drove by, that while nearly all the
seats are in place on the east side, the supports for
them haven't even been finished on the west side.
January 15, 4:30 p.m. - The stadium crew obviously
had the holiday off today... not a thing going on - not
a soul to be seen. But, I did manage to get an
interesting photo with the sun and shade.
January 16, 11:30 a.m. - So sorry! Today's
photo is the pits because of the photographer.
Work had me swamped. My only window of picture
taking opportunity was just before noon and not only had
the fog not quite lifted but the light was totally
wrong. I really meant to get back mid-afternoon to
get a better shot and the next thing I knew it was 5:30
p.m. and dark as dark could be. I promise to do
January 17, noon - Ok, I think I've redeemed myself
with today's photo. They took the wooden form off
the northwest wall (see circle). And, obviously,
the rusty thingie in the middle got a growth
spurt. Since Rikketyrik was the first to speculate
that these things were going to support the roof while
it was being added, I gave serious thought to calling
them rickketyriks instead of rusty thingies but I
probably should stay with the technical term.
However, there is no doubt now about what they are for!
January 18, 4 p.m. - Yo! Another rusty thingie
got a growth spurt! And even more seats went in in
the far north east section... I discovered today
that I can see where the west side seats will go from
one of the conference rooms in our offices (yes, the
meeting was way boring <grin>). They have a
long way to go on the side we can't see from here.
January 19, 4 p.m. - They have put something on top
of the far rusty thingie. Do you suppose they are
building a little den up there? TV, computer for
web surfing? Also the scoreboard tower took an
interesting turn today - see circle. Nice looking
sky, doncha think?
January 20, 1 p.m. - Last night, just before I went
to bed about 11 p.m., I looked out and they were working
on the site! Trucks were moving dirt around and
there were lights all over. Very strange.
Today they are making a lot of noise but I can't see specific
work. They added more seats yesterday.
January 21, 3 p.m. - Today was a true Seattle
day. Gray and rainy all day long. And, so,
that's the photo you get today. It's really not
the photographer's fault today! No action at all
on the site. There's a chance that there will not
be a photo tomorrow. I have a work commitment that
goes through dinner. I'll try to break away during
the day, but no promises.
January 22, 1 p.m. - I did manage to sneak home
today and grab a quick shot. It's not the best but
it's something. Tony noted that there are new
shots up at the First
and Goal site and that Turner
has their webcam back on. And, Greg noted that the
scoreboard tower includes some kind of 'grand staircase'
which is what we might be seeing the beginnings
of. You guys are great to keep me posted on this
stuff. All this week I'm at an offsite meeting so
if I miss a day's photo, that's why. But, then,
maybe I'll get lucky an get a break like today.
January 23, noon - Today's picture is way
substandard. My only window of opportunity was the
worst time according to the sun. Sorry. As
you likely have already guessed. This is a wild
and crazy week. Come Friday, it will all be
January 24, 10:30 a.m. - Sorry about
yesterday. I did get a crappy picture but I
couldn't get it uploaded. Today was much
better. The second tower now has the strange
topping, too! My meetings are being held at Pier
66 which is across the bay from here and from there I
can actually see the now so very tall rusty
thingies! This stadium is also going to enhance
sure when this was taken - But it's all I got for Thursday,
January 25 - Ok, I really blew it today. By
the time the fog lifted after lunch, I couldn't get away
to get a photo. Tony rescued me with this great
shot from Charpy's
website. It has great perspective.
January 26, 4 p.m. - The third tower had a growth spurt
and the northwest wall is getting higher and
higher. But, the really big news is that today I
got a tour of the site! Yep. I was right
there in the center of the action - able to see
everything up close and personal. Of course,
for all of you, I took my camera and put it all on my
new Tour Page.
January 27, 3:30 p.m. - All of the goalposts on top of
the rusty thingies are now in place and ready for the
first truss sections. I learned on my tour that
they do work every Saturday but not a full crew.
And, they are working some in the evenings. This is
mainly underground work and they have to tear up the
site roads to do it so they do it at night so that they
can get the roads back together for the trucks the next
January 28, 1 p.m. - The site is still today but the
sun, or lack of it, is perfect for the photo. For
some reason that I don't quite get yet, the traffic to
this page has been gradually increasing for the past
month. I'd like to formally welcome all my new
visitors and thank you for stopping by!
January 29, 4 p.m. - Today's circle shows that
northwest wall getting ready to obscure more of my
view! I learned on my tour basically what we've
seen... first they put on the rebar which is what they
did today. Next will go the fill and then the
supports used to fill in with concrete. When it's
done the wall will be the same height as the one to the
left of that tower.
January 30, 1 p.m. - Today we have the top circle
that points out something missing! One of the
goalposts has left the building.
Interesting. Also there is more action down where
the grand staircase meets the north end seats. I
got a note from Craig who says he and his friends are in
favor of calling the new stadium The Clam until it gets
a real name... Not too bad an idea. He
further submitted that I could change the name of these
pages to the Clam Cam and that I really like. But,
you know what? I'm still not ready to let go of
the Kingdome Cam... I know it's overdue but I
can't quite get there yet.
January 31, 4:15 p.m. - Today is a first... overlapping
circles! The horizontal ones show the truss
sections in waiting for their lift. Rikketyrik let
me know about the first section appearing in the photo a
couple of days ago. The circled one is the second
section to appear. And the vertical circle shows a
pole that started growing a couple of days ago and got
to its current height yesterday when the goalpost went
missing. Peter Johnson discovered this little