This has been making the rounds all day — the NFL’s Tweet celebrating the 14th anniversary of the day the Kingdome was imploded to make way for what is now CenturyLink Field:
— NFL (@nfl) March 26, 2014
The Kingdome was obviously much more than simply the original home of the Seahawks. It was also the original home of the Mariners, and for a time also the home of the Sonics — 1979-86 — making it a rare venue to host three major professional sports teams at the same time.
As someone who lived in the area during that span, the Kingdome was something of a second home for a while — I remember attending Game 3 of the NBA Finals in the Kingdome on May 27, 1979 (box score here), the Major League Baseball All-Star Game about six weeks later, and then most of the Seahawks games that fall during a season when Seattle was one of the surprise teams in the NFL, finishing 9-7. A heck of a run for any building.
The Kingdome, recall, also hosted three Final Fours, and while many celebrated its implosion — no doubt, the building had a lot of faults — the reality is that its demise also meant the end of Seattle’s ability to host that event.
So while today is a day when people are remembering the end of the Kingdome, hopefully those same people also recall the life it lived.