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March 26, 2014 at 2:20 PM

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Postcards from the past: Kingdome opening ceremony, 1976


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An aerial view of the Kingdome taken April 15, 1976. At the top of the photo is Interstate 5 and below is the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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People line up to get into the Kingdome dedication show on March 27, 1976, before the opening ceremony.

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Danny Kaye, headliner at the night's dedication show at the domed stadium, not only had an orchestra waiting for his direction, but various assistants and stagehands to choreograph in the frenetic last minutes of rehearsal.

According to an article on the front page almost 50,000 people ventured to the dedication ceremony, a 3.5 hour experience. The Kingdome was demolished on March 26, 2000, after being open for 24 years. Here are some other pictures of the opening ceremony that were scanned from our negative library. Two staff photographers covered the event, Richard S. Heyza and Greg Gilbert.



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People walk into the Kingdome during the dedication show.

GREG GILBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES ARCHIVE

A wide view from the stands of the dedication show for the Kingdome.

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The front page of the next day's paper with photos from the dedication ceremony.

For more postcards from the past and links to other posts, visit the gallery


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