发信人: hispeed (高速), 信区: Seattle
标 题: kingdome down
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Mon Mar 27 03:22:27 2000), 转信
Kingdome collapses in cloud of dust
by Jeff Hodson
Seattle Times staff reporter
The Kingdome came crashing down this morning in a deafening roar of
controlled explosions, ending an era of Seattle sports and the Dome's
oft-maligned place on the city skyline. The implosion took place at
8:30 a.m. and was over in less than 20 seconds. Controlled Demolition
of Maryland used 4,461 pounds of dynamite in 5,905 holes drilled
throughout the stadium.
"We had a textbook implosion," said Thomas Gerlach, vice president of
Turner Construction, general contractor for the project. "Everything
went exactly as we had hoped."
Built to last for centuries, the 24-year-old stadium collapsed almost
straight down. It was 250 feet high and weighed as much as 130,000
tons before pre-implosion work stripped it of much of its bulk.
A huge dust cloud billowed out and obscured the downtown skyline
but cleared within half an hour. Gerlach reported that a few windows
had broken from the force of the blast, but more than 90 percent of the
debris fell in on itself.
Tens of thousands watched across the city - in parks, at implosion parties
from downtown buildings and at home on TV. The event was carried live on the
The Kingdome opened in 1976 at a cost of $67 million. It housed professional
baseball, football, soccer and basketball, and helped Seattle mature to a big
league city. More than 73 million people walked through its gates, attending
rodeos, rock concerts and religious revivals.
Many considered the unadorned gray mass of concrete a blight on the city.
Others praised it for its symmetry and strength. But it's gone now, a mass
of rubble that will take months to clear.
The Dome was torn down to make way for a new outdoor stadium for Seahawk
owner Paul Allen. The Hawks will play at Husky Stadium for the next two years.
Safeco Field now houses the Mariners.
Jeff Hodson's phone message number is 206-464-3779.
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