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- The world's largest wooden domed arena, measuring 530 feet in diameter and 152 feet tall, covering a total of 6.1 acres
- Constructed at a cost of $44 million. Ground broken July 1, 1981. Opened on April 21, 1983
- Multi-purpose sports, entertainment and exhibition facility which has hosted ice hockey, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, boxing, wrestling, motor sports, ice shows, circuses, rodeos, top-entertainer concerts and major trade shows
- Seats up to 21,000 people for sporting events, up to 23,000 for concerts
- 16 basic configurations involve 16,000 movable seats that convert the dome from large stadium events -- such as football or soccer -- to arena events -- such as concerts or ice shows
- Home of the Gridiron Classic (football) and other state high school championships for wrestling, gymnastics and basketball (Class A and AA)
- Hosted the Seattle Supersonics during the 1994-95 NBA season, ice hockey and gymnastic events of the 1990 Goodwill Games, NCAA Women's Basketball Championships ("Final Four") in 1988 and 1989, and U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1987
- Home of the Shanaman Sports Museum, established in 1994 to preserve Pierce County's rich sports heritage and the many athletic accomplishments of area teams and individuals
- One of the best concert facilities in the nation with superb acoustical qualities; entertainers from Bruce Springsteen and Garth Brooks to Frank Sinatra have performed there.
- Exhibition Hall offers 30,000 square feet of space, divisible into five separate sound-proof rooms. Together, the arena and the hall offer 130,000 square feet of meeting space.
- Construction: The Tacoma Dome's roof was built with 1.6 million board feet and weighs 1,444,000 pounds. 24,541,382 cubic feet of concrete was used in the construction of the Tacoma Dome. This is enough to build a sidewalk 70 miles long. The Tacoma Dome is 530 feet in diameter and 152 feet tall.
- Roof design: 288 triangular wooden sections support the roof, each weighing 5,000 pounds
- Ice rink dimensions: 85 by 220 feet, set 3-1/2 inches into the area floor
- The fastest concert sellout in the venues history was the Backstreet Boys in 1999 in 38 minutes.
- The fastest non-concert sellout was the May 2000 presentation of WWF Smackdown in 27 minutes.
- The top grossing show was The Rolling Stones, with over $2.4 million in gross receipts on November 6, 2002.
- The largest general admission concerts were The Police, Scorpions and Motley Crue, each show attracting 30,000 fans.
- The largest reserved seat concert was Bruce Springsteen, with over 23,000 fans in attendance on April 4, 2000.
Source: Tacoma - Pierce County Visitor & Convention Bureau
From Seattle on I-5 Going South:
Take exit 135. The ramp will put you on East 27th street. Follow the Tacoma Dome signs to Dome parking lots.
From Olympia on I-5 Going North:
Take exit 133. Follow the ramp to East 26th Street. Take a right. Tacoma Dome signs will direct you to Dome parking lots.
From Downtown Tacoma:
Take Pacific Avenue Southbound. Turn left onto East 26th Street. It will take you directly into Dome parking lots.
TACOMA TO STUDY NEED FOR NEW ARENA, POSSIBLE PRO TEAM
September 15, 2011
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Tacoma, Wash. - Tacoma's mayor and City Council say they want to know what it would take to revamp the aging Tacoma Dome to draw a pro basketball or hockey team to town - and they're willing to pay up to $100,000 to find out.
"The NBA will be back in this market," Mayor Marilyn Strickland told the Tacoma News Tribune. "When they are, I want Tacoma to be in the mix of that discussion."
Backed by local business leaders and area politicians, the City Council agreed to pay for part of a market feasibility study for attracting a National Basketball Association or National Hockey League team to the Dome.
The study would examine options and costs for upgrading the 29-year-old facility to NBA and NHL standards, and determine whether there's corporate interest to help support such an endeavor, Strickland said.
"We haven't started any conversations with (NBA Commissioner) David Stern, the NBA or anyone in the NHL," the mayor said. "...We want to know truthfully and honestly if the Tacoma Dome can support something like this."
City officials hope Pierce County will share part of the study's estimated $100,000 cost. The Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board also has committed to contributing $5,000 for the study, Strickland said.
Acting City Manager Rey Arellano told the council he would find funds to cover the city's contribution.
With the council's move, the News Tribune said Tacoma pits itself in a potential battle for luring the NBA back to the region. Already, a potential ownership group is studying the idea of building an arena in Bellevue, according to recent media reports.
Opened in 1983 after a $28 million bond issue, the Dome has hosted high-profile sporting events, including the Goodwill Games and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
It also has served as home to six pro soccer, hockey, basketball and football teams. The Sonics played at the Dome during the 1994-95 season while KeyArena was being renovated.