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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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October 24, 2012

Design Perspectives: It's time to worry about the future of KeyArena

Special to the Journal

It looks like Seattle will be getting a third sports stadium, this one for basketball, south of downtown. There’s $200 million in public funding now on the table for the project.

Arenas are not forever. When the last deal of this kind was made, to build the football stadium now known as CenturyLink Field, it was the death knell for the Kingdome, a multi-use sports stadium that had fallen behind as the rising expectations for pro sports venues shifted into hyperdrive. Many were shocked to see the Kingdome, not even fully paid for at the time, reduced to a mountain of concrete and swept away. But as architecture, it was not heartily mourned.

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