Tacoma Dome

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Tacoma Dome
The Tacoma Dome from the Bridge of Glass
Location 2727 East D Street
Tacoma, Washington 98421 USA
Coordinates 47°14′12″N 122°25′36″W / 47.23667°N 122.42667°W / 47.23667; -122.42667Coordinates: 47°14′12″N 122°25′36″W / 47.23667°N 122.42667°W / 47.23667; -122.42667
Owner City of Tacoma
Operator City of Tacoma
Capacity

5,000 – 23,000

  • 20,824 – Indoor soccer
  • 17,100 – Basketball
  • 10,000 – American football
Construction
Broke ground July 1, 1981
Opened April 21, 1983
Construction cost US$44 million
($106 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect McGranahan Messenger Associates[2]
General contractor Merit Co.[2]
Tenants
Tacoma Stars (MISL) (1983–1992)
Tacoma Rockets (WHL) (1991–1995)
Seattle SuperSonics (NBA) (1994–1995)
Tacoma Sabercats (WCHL) (1997–2002)
NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship (1989–1990)

The Tacoma Dome is an indoor arena located in Tacoma, Washington, United States, about 30 miles south of Seattle.[3]

History[edit]

Upon winning an international design competition, local architects McGranahan and Messenger completed the Tacoma Dome for $44 million; it opened on April 21, 1983. The arena seats 17,100 for basketball; 530 feet (160 m) in diameter and 152 feet (46 m) tall, and able to seat 23,000, it is the largest arena with a wooden dome in the world when measured by volume.[4] (The Superior Dome, in Marquette, Michigan, is a larger-diameter geodesic dome at 536 feet (163 m), but is 143 feet (44 m) high and seats a maximum of 16,000.[5]) Unlike most other arenas of its size, the arena contains little in the way of fixed seating, so as to maximize the flexibility of the seating arrangements and of the shape of the playing field. It can host American football, albeit with seating reduced to 10,000.

The dome's first event was a concert by British musician David Bowie as part of his Serious Moonlight Tour on August 11, 1983.[6]

The arena hosted the Seattle SuperSonics from 1994 to 1995 while the Seattle Center Coliseum was being renovated into the venue now known as KeyArena, as well as various regular-season Sonics games during other seasons. It also hosted the Tacoma Rockets Western Hockey League team from 1991 to 1995, the Tacoma Sabercats of the West Coast Hockey League from 1997 to 2002, the Tacoma Stars indoor soccer team of the MISL from 1983 to 1992, gymnastics and figure skating events during the 1990 Goodwill Games, and numerous other minor-league ice hockey and indoor soccer teams.[7] The dome also hosted the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship in back-to-back years (1989–1990).

The Tacoma Dome hosted National Hockey League preseason exhibition games in 1983, 1984, 1988, 1992,[8] and 1996.[9]

Michael Jackson was scheduled to perform three concerts on October 31 and November 1 and 2, 1988, during his Bad Tour. Although all the shows sold out, the concerts were cancelled because of the performer's serious health problems.[10]

Also in the dome's first year, Billy Graham hosted one of his crusades, he returned to the Tacoma Dome in 1991. In both crusades, Graham averaged 30,000 spectators every night.[citation needed]

The Professional Bull Riders hosted a Built Ford Tough Series bull-riding event at the dome annually between 2003 and 2009.

World Championship Wrestling held their Spring Stampede pay-per-view at the dome on April 11, 1999. Diamond Dallas Page defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair, Hollywood Hogan and Sting (with Randy Savage as special guest referee) in a Four Corners match to win the title.[citation needed]

During a Monster Jam event at the Tacoma Dome in January 2009, a piece of debris from a truck flew into the stands during a freestyle performance, killing a six-year-old spectator and injuring another spectator,[11] this is so far the only fatality to occur at a Monster Jam event.

On February 2, 2016, the Tacoma Dome started new security procedures for entering the venue at the sold-out AC/DC concert, the new enhancements included metal detector wands at each entrance, a bag size restriction, the prohibition of backpacks, and the search of all bags before entry.[12]

In November 2016, the City of Tacoma approved a two-year, $21.3 million renovation project.[13]

Art[edit]

The Tacoma Dome is also known for its controversial neon art; in 1984, the Stephen Antonakos piece displayed inside the dome was the subject of intense debate over public funding of artworks for public works projects.[citation needed]

Concerts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Tacoma Dome". Columbia.edu. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ Ruiz, Don (September 19, 2013). "Can aging Tacoma Dome still provide a fitting home for pro sports?". The News Tribune. Tacoma, WA. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Zink, Kevin. "Page Not Found". TacomaDome.org. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Superior Dome". NMU.edu. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ Cafazzo, Debbie (January 11, 2016). "David Bowie played Tacoma as first rock performer at the Dome". Tacoma News-Tribune. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Traffic Impacts During the Goodwill Games" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "vintage Ice Hockey Programs memorabilia for sale from Gasoline Alley Antiques". GasolineAlleyAntiques.com. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Canucks 4, Sharks 1". APNewsArchive.com. Associated Press. September 19, 1996. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/michael-jackson-a-thrilling-pop-icon-a-troubled-soul/
  11. ^ http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/child-dies-after-being-struck-by-flying-debris-at-monster-truck-show/
  12. ^ "Security Update". TacomaDome.org. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ Bryant, Tammi (November 30, 2016). "CITY OF TACOMA ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RENOVATE THE TACOMA DOME" (PDF). TacomaDome.org. Retrieved February 6, 2017. Renovations will begin in summer of 2017. New seating will be installed during summer of 2018, with all renovations completed by fall of 2018. 

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Preceded by
Johnson Hagood Stadium
Host of the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship Game
1985–1986
Succeeded by
Minidome
Preceded by
Kingdome
Host of the College Cup
1986
Succeeded by
Riggs Field
Preceded by
Seattle Center Coliseum
Home of the
Seattle SuperSonics

1994–1995
Succeeded by
KeyArena