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Material on this page was published when Seahawks Stadium, now called Qwest Field, opened in 2002.
Friday, August 2, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific
Construction & design
In six years, from dome to new home
April: Paul Allen obtains option to purchase the Seahawks and launches campaign to win public support for a football/soccer stadium and exhibition center.
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.
April: PSA selects the Kingdome site as the location for the stadium, exhibition center and parking garage.
September: Construction begins on exhibition center.
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.
January: Seahawks play final game at the Kingdome, a playoff loss to the Miami Dolphins. Crews begin Kingdome demolition immediately after the game.
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.
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.
December: Locker rooms completed.
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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