30 Fun Facts About The Kingdome In Seattle

The city of Seattle is a major city in the Pacific Northwest, but it wasn’t that long ago that it didn’t have any professional sports franchises. The NBA had come to town in the late 1960s, but they were all there was until the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners came to play football and baseball in the mid 1970s. The city was in need of a stadium though and the famous Kingdome was built to serve that need.

Here is a look back at 30 fun facts involving the Kingdome in Seattle.

    -The price tag for the construction of Seattle’s Kingdome was $67 million.

    -The owner of the Kingdome was King County.

    -Ground was broken on construction of the Kingdome on November 2nd, 1972 and it opened on March 27th, 1976.

    -The seating capacity of the Kingdome varied depending on the sport being played there. Baseball: 59,166 Basketball: 40,000 Football: 66,000

    -The NCAA Final Four was played in the Kingdome on four different occasions: 1984, 1989, and 1995.

    -The official name of the Kingdome was the King County Multipurpose Domed Stadium.

    -Each of the major all star games held by the three sports that had Seattle teams were at one time held in the Kingdome. The NFL‘s Pro Bowl was held there in 1977, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held there in 1979, and the NBA held their All-Star Game there in 1987. This makes the Kingdome the only venue to have hosted these events.

    -The Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League played at the Kingdome from 1976 to 1983.

    -The Seattle Seahawks of the NFL played at the Kingdome from 1976 to 2000.

    -The Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball played at the Kingdome from 1977 to 1999.

    -The Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA played at the Kingdome from 1978 to 1985.

    -The earliest plans for the Kingdome were put forth in 1968 after Major League Baseball awarded an expansion franchise to Seattle. That team would be known as the Seattle Pilots and they would eventually become the Milwaukee Brewers.

    -The first sporting contest held in the Kingdome was a soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and New York Cosmos on April 9th, 1976.

    -The first NFL game held in the Kingdome was a preseason game between the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.

    -The last NFL game held in the Kingdome was a 20-17 win by the Miami Dolphins over the Seahawks on January 9th, 2000 in the first round of the playoffs. This would also be the last victory in Hall of Fame Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino’s career.

    -The first college football game played in the Kingdome was a contest between the visiting USC Trojans and the home team Washington State Cougars. Even though the WSU’s normal home field was all the way on the other side of the state.

    -The King Bowl was the name of the Washington high school football championship series that was played in the Kingdome during its existence.

    -A local charity football game pitting the Seattle and Tacoma police departments against each other got its start in the Kingdome, it is known as the Bacon Bowl.

    -The first Major League Baseball game in the Kingdome was the home opener of the Mariners first baseball season in 1977 against the California Angels.

    -The 23 foot tall right field wall in use for baseball in the Kingdome was nicknamed the “Walla Walla”.

    -On May 2nd, 1996, a game between the Mariners and the visiting Cleveland Indians was suspended due to an earthquake. After the structure was inspected and seen to be safe, the game was continued the next evening and won by the Indians.

    -The Seattle SuperSonics won the NBA Championship in the 1978-79 season, their first year with the Kingdome as their home court.

    -The largest crowd ever present in the Kingdome was 74,000. This occurred shortly after the structure opened on May 17th, 1976 and was a Billy Graham Crusade that featured Johnny Cash.

    -The first concert ever held in the Kingdome was given by Paul McCartney & Wings on June 10th, 1976.

    -In 1994, the Mariners had to play the last games of their season on the road and the Seahawks had to play the first few games of their season at Husky Stadium after parts of the ceiling of the Kingdome had collapsed, calling into question the safety of the building.

    -When Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen purchased the Seahawks in 1997, one of the stipulations of the purchase was that a new publicly funded stadium had to be built for the team.

    -The Kingdome was demolished by implosion on March 26th, 2000.

    -When the Kingdome was imploded, it set the record for the largest building ever demolished by implosion.

    -At the time it was demolished, the residents of King County were still responsible for millions of dollars in debt owed on the Kingdome.

    -The construction of the Kingdome was a huge undertaking but in the end the building lasted just 23 years.

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