15 years ago today, we said goodbye to the Kingdome

I know a lot of Northwest natives look back fondly on the Dome — when it opened in 1976 it marked a whole new optimism in Seattle, and it was eventually home to the Mariners, the Seahawks, and the Sonics. But it didn’t take long for the big concrete monstrosity to look dated, and let’s be honest — nobody ever thought the acoustics were very good for concerts, even though some huge shows happened there, including Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, U2, The Who, and Madonna.

But on April 26, 1999, it all ended. The Ms’ new home, Safeco Field, was about to open, ground was about to be broken on the Seahawks’ new stadium, Qwest Field, which obviously became CenturyLink Field, and the Sonics moved to a newly remodeled Key Arena. Seattle said goodbye to the Kingdome.

Watch as Jean Enersen and Dennis Bounds call the action on KING5:

Do you have a favorite Kingdome memory? For me, it was a U2 concert w-a-a-a-a-y back in 1997. Join the conversation on our Facebook page.


About John Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.