They demolished the Kingdome 20 years ago, soggy tiles and all. When those ceiling tiles fell in 1994, forcing the Mariners to play the last 20 or so games of that strike-shortened season on the road, you knew its time was short. It was gray, drab and ugly, but there were many good times had.

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For me, my first trip to the Kingdome was 13 years before I moved to Seattle. I was a college student in New York and came to visit my family in Sacramento for the summer. My dad was managing a group of radio stations that included KMPS in Seattle and had secured tickets to a game. We took the train up and it was one of two highlights of my first trip to Seattle (the other was a Van Halen concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum). Like every first-time visitor, I suppose I found it was truly unusual and pretty cool.

Flash forward to 1992, I was hired by KIRO Radio and part of my duties were hosting pregame and postgame shows for the Mariners. Now back then the Mariners were getting about 8,000 to 10,000 fans a game and the place was emptied out after games it seems in 10 minutes. So I was approached by a legendary character, Carol Keaton, who handled PR and a whole lot more. Since I was usually staying in the building for an hour and a half after the games were over, she asked if I wanted a key for the Kingdome.

I was puzzled, but the key got me in and out of every door and gate in the building. It was a totally cool thing to have when friends visited from out of town. I’d casually ask if …read more

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