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  • Starting to think this is the only pic of the USS Mariner around. What a shame, even the hapless Argyros Mariners celebrated their nautical ties. The MLB team that plays in Seattle today, might as well change their name to Seattle Baseball Team. They have no nautical themes to speak of at all.

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    • One of the most unique features that incorporated a nautical theme in the Kingdome was the use of Fathoms as a distance measurement on the outfield walls.

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      • Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
        Next week will be the 16th anniversary of the implosion.
        The Kingdome's finest hour...
        They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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        • Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
          The Kingdome's finest hour...
          I would think hosting 3 Seattle teams, All-Star games in both MLB & NBA, the concerts, would rank higher...
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          • Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
            I would think hosting 3 Seattle teams, All-Star games in both MLB & NBA, the concerts, would rank higher...
            No, blowing that place up wins by a landslide!
            The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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            • Originally posted by rainmaker View Post
              One of the most unique features that incorporated a nautical theme in the Kingdome was the use of Fathoms as a distance measurement on the outfield walls.
              For how long did they mark the walls with both feet and fathoms?

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              • Opening Night 1986
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                • Originally posted by schnu View Post
                  For how long did they mark the walls with both feet and fathoms?
                  They are visible in the 1979 All Star Game.

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                  • http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/0/v1575...ng-out-at-home
                    Last edited by rainmaker; 04-01-2016, 02:18 PM.

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                    • Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
                      The Kingdome's finest hour...
                      Howie Rose has a story about Veterans Stadium. The Mets bus was driving past the imploded stadium, now a pile of debris. Howie said out loud:

                      "They haven't changed this place one bit!"
                      The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                      • Screen shot. Pretty cool.

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                        Virtually no photos of the wall with the fathoms thing. Same 1979 ASG, can barely make it out, but best I could find.

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                        • Nice finds. In watching some footage it appears that the Fathoms are located down the RF and LF lines, but absent from CF.

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                          • Royal blue and gold dugout! That's home field advantage!

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                            • It's commonly said (including on this thread) that money was still owed on the Kingdome when it was imploded. Technically that IS true, but two things are often left out in that conversation.

                              First, the debt from the Kingdome's construction would have been paid off in less than 20 years if King County (which owned the stadium and floated the bonds after voters approved it in 1967 as part of the Forward Thrust omnibus initiative) had used the tax revenues the Dome generated through tickets, parking, concession, rent, etcetera, toward paying the debt off, which was the original plan. Instead of retiring the debt years AHEAD of schedule, the County diverted those incoming tax funds towards other projects that had nothing to do with the Kingdome and continued to pay the minimal amount required to service the debt. The Kingdome was a moneymaker whose initial cost of $67 million should've been paid off well before it was.

                              Second, the debt that WAS being serviced at the time of the implosion was related to the ceiling tiles that fell in 1994. That cost a chunk of money to address so a loan was taken out to pay for their replacement and related safety measures.

                              The Kingdome was indeed an unattractive building, lousy for baseball, horrible for basketball and limited in outer concourse space for concessions and merch, but it was just fine for Seahawks football and Sounders soccer and it could've paid for its own construction years ahead of schedule if not for politicians deciding to not apply revenues to servicing the debt like they should have.

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                              • I didn't know the 1989 and 1995 championship games took place on the same day.
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