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March 01, 2011
Flashback: Puget Sound floating domed stadium
Nice slideshow at Slate by Eric Nusbaum of Pitchers & Poets detailing some stadiums that never got built. My personal favorite:
In 1963, a collective of an architect, engineer, and construction firm proposed a stadium that would float in the Puget Sound just blocks from the fair site.
The floating dome would have featured a retractable roof, monorail access, and even a ferry dock. The design, popular among Seattleites, was written up in Sports Illustrated and backed unanimously by King County commissioners ahead of a 1966 funding referendum. Questions about the project's feasibility and reticence to fund a stadium in a city with no professional franchises led to the referendum's defeat.
But, but... monorail access! I thought the mob had spoken!
Loved this article!
I stumbled upon Phil Bess's book after reading an article in the Utne Reader back in the late 90's, early 00's.
My first ever purchase on Amazon included that book and it crushed my heart reading it that the park never got built.
I frequent this site often and I believe that something positive can come out of an arena/stadium situated in the right spot (now, whether that's worth multiple hundreds of millions of public tax dollars is another question) and it comes from that book.
My personal fave will always be the hoped for Armor Field and surrounding neighborhood.
I love how the Slate slideshow refers to the new Giants/Jets stadium as "privately financed." And how that private funding was a major reason it was built instead of the proposed West Side Manhattan stadium.