The Kingdome was more than just a baseball facility (“facility” sounds more accurate than “stadium,” much less “ballpark”), but that was its primary purpose. So, here’s some quotes celebrating its opening on March 27, 1976, in a dedication ceremony with Mariners part-owner Danny Kaye and 6,000 other performers.
Bill Sears, head of promotion and sales for the Kingdome: “This has been one of, if not the most, controversial projects in the Puget Sound area. But now it’s finished and we’re the equal of any stadium in the world.”
Frank Mastodi, who ran a shoe repair close to the Kingdome, and came to Seattle in 1919: “My era is gone. And a new one is coming with all the new buildings and the new stadium down the block. . . . I’d change things back if I could. Except for the stadium. I’m a football fan, you know.”
Timothy Jones, a 14-year-old: “That new stadium is really neat, but I only hope the Sonics stay here at the Coliseum.”
Clifton Reed, a bartender at Bombay Bicycle Shop: “Starting Saturday, Seattle will be in the big leagues, ready or not.”
Bill Spiedel: “One of the great things to happen to this city. In 1962, it was the Century 21 Exposition that kept things going in downtown. Now, the stadium’s going to do the same thing for Seattle.”
A year later, when the Mariners started playing in the Kingdome, Danny Kaye predicted: “The World Series flag will fly in the Kingdome sometime–now listen carefully–sometime within the lifetime of someone in this week.” It didn’t happen of course, but the Mariners did come pretty close in 1995.