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Friday, August 2, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific
 
Material on this page was published when Seahawks Stadium, now called Qwest Field, opened in 2002.
 
Construction & design

In six years, from dome to new home

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Seahawks fans line up outside the Kingdome for playoff tickets on Jan. 3, 2000. The Seahawks lost their final game at the Dome to the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 9, 2000.
1996

April: Paul Allen obtains option to purchase the Seahawks and launches campaign to win public support for a football/soccer stadium and exhibition center.

1997

June: Washington voters approve Referendum 48, a $430 million plan authorizing construction of the stadium, exhibition center and 2,000-vehicle parking garage. Public funding for the project is capped at $300 million, with Allen financing $130 million plus any cost overruns.

September: Public-private partnership creates Public Stadium Authority (PSA) to oversee public ownership of the stadium and exhibition center. Allen creates First & Goal Inc. (FGI) to manage the construction, development and operation of the new facility.

The Kingdome after implosion in March 2000.
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RON WURZER / THE SEATTLE TIMES
1998

April: PSA selects the Kingdome site as the location for the stadium, exhibition center and parking garage.

September: Construction begins on exhibition center.

1999

March: Twelve artists are selected from 254 nationwide entries to create original works of public art for the stadium and exhibition center.

October: Exhibition center and parking garage open.

November: Construction of stadium's southeast tower begins just feet away from the Kingdome.

2000

January: Seahawks play final game at the Kingdome, a playoff loss to the Miami Dolphins. Crews begin Kingdome demolition immediately after the game.

Photo
MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Construction on the new stadium began in spring 2000 after the Kingdome was imploded.
March: Kingdome imploded.

May: Cleanup and recycling efforts completed.

July: Construction of roof begins, with installation of first truss on stadium's east side.

October: FGI unveils new stadium seats.

2001

February: Second roof trusses lifted into place on stadium's west side.

March: Construction begins on stadium's north scoreboard tower.

July: Stadium roof construction completed.

August: Last piece of structural steel raised into place, signifying the "topping out" of the stadium's north scoreboard tower.

A tale of three stadiums


Comparing Seahawks Stadium, the Kingdome and Safeco Field:
SEAHAWKS
STADIUM
KINGDOME SAFECO FIELD
Seating capacity 67,000* 66,400 47,000
(baseball)
Concessions 48 35 62
Concourse width 26-40 feet 10-29 feet 27-40 feet
Suites 82 49 69
Size of scoreboard 48 by 43 feet** 40 by 22 feet 190 by 56 feet
Playing surface FieldTurf Artificial turf Grass
Width of seats 19 and 24 inches 19, 20 and 21 inches 18, 19 and 22 inches
Roof height 263 feet 250 feet 217 feet
Restrooms 63 55 78
Escalators None None 6
Elevators 11 3 9
* Fixed seats. There is room for 5,000 additional seats for special events. ** North video scoreboard. South video scoreboard is 83 feet by 24 feet
September: FieldTurf approved as playing surface.

December: Locker rooms completed.

2002

March: Seahawks unveil new logo, team colors and uniforms for the first time in 26-year history.

May: FieldTurf installation complete. Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center announced as interim name until a permanent naming-rights sponsor is found.

June: Vertical scoreboard installed.

July 20: Stadium opens to the public.

July 28: Seattle Sounders and Sounders Select Women play inaugural doubleheader at Seahawks Stadium against Vancouver.

Aug. 10: Seahawks will play first game in the new stadium, an exhibition against the Indianapolis Colts.

Sept. 15: Seahawks will play first regular-season game, against Arizona.

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