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King County Domed Stadium
Kingdome

Location: 201 S. King St., Seattle, WA

Arena type: Domed multipurpose

Surface: Astroturf

Owner(s): King County, WA

Tenant(s):

Broke ground: November 2, 1972

Opened: March 27, 1976

Demolished: March 26, 2000

Cost: $67m

Capacity:

  • 59,166 (baseball)
  • 66,000 (football)

All-Star Games:
1979

The King County Domed Stadium often shortened to and much better known as the "Kingdome", was the home of the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks from 1976 to 1998 and the Seattle SuperSonics from 1978 to 1985.

Kingdome Timeline

  • 1976:
    • Construction completed.
    • The Kingdome's first event was a game between the North American Soccer League's Seattle Sounders and New York Cosmos.
  • 1977: The Kingdome hosts the NFL Pro Bowl. The AFC wins, 24-14, and Mel Blount of the Pittsburgh Steelers is named MVP.
  • 1978: The Seattle SuperSonics move to the Kingdome from the Seattle Center Coliseum.
  • 1979: The MLB All-Star Game is held in Seattle. Dave Parker of the Pittsburgh Pirates is named MVP as the National League wins a close game, 7-6.
  • 1981: The Rolling Stones hold two concerts at the Kingdome.
  • 1984: The Kingdome hosts the Final Four. Georgetown University defeats the University of Houston in the championship game.
  • 1985: The Sonics leave the Kingdome to move back to the Seattle Center Coliseum.
  • 1987: The Kingdome hosts the NBA All-Star Game. The West wins, 154-145. Isaiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons is named MVP.
  • 1989: The stadium hosts its second Final Four. The University of Michigan defeats Seton Hall University to win the national title.
  • 1994: Four large, concrete ceiling tiles fall from the stadium's ceiling hours before a scheduled game. The Mariners were forced to play their last fifteen games on the road.
  • 1995: The Kingdome hosts its third and last Final Four, as UCLA defeats the University of Arkansas for the first time since John Wooden's retirement.
  • 1997: Plans for Safeco Field and Qwest Field are finalized.
  • 2000: The Kingdome is finally demolished to make room for Qwest Field. It was the first live broadcast on ESPN Classic and the first implosion of a domed stadium.
  • 2002: Qwest Field opens. It occupies the former site of the Kingdome.

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