Tacoma Dome time capsule to be opened Saturday

The City of Tacoma plans to conclude a year-long celebration of the Tacoma Dome by opening a time capsule placed at the iconic building 30 years ago.

The City-owned Tacoma Dome opened its doors to the public on April 21, 1983, as one of the largest wood-domed structures in the world. Today it can accommodate approximately 23,000 guests in a variety of configurations, making it the largest indoor venue in the state of Washington, according to City of Tacoma Public Assembly Facilities Director Kim Bedier.

“The Dome has become an iconic symbol witnessed by millions as they drive by on Interstate-5 and visited by millions as they rocked, rolled, graduated, wrestled and grew up under its recognizable roof,” notes Bedier. “Postcards, T-shirts and photographs have all immortalized the Dome as a symbol of the spirit of Tacoma.”

Beginning last year, the City presented a series of celebratory activities, including a campaign entitled Dome30: Share the Memories, where Tacoma residents were invited to share their fondest memories of the Tacoma Dome, either by e-mailing dome30@tacomadome.org or by visiting a video booth during events at the Tacoma Dome. In addition, the interior of the Tacoma Dome was transformed into a living time line, highlighted with recollections, photos, and Dome memorabilia.

The time capsule opening begins on Sat., Jan. 18, at 9 a.m. when City officials plan to re-dedicate Brotman Street near D Street. From there, the public is invited to the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall entrance to watch the time capsule opening following a short ceremony with remarks from local elected officials. Additional items will be placed in a new capsule to be opened 30 years from now. Tacomans are encouraged to share their ideas for its next time capsule at dome30@tacomadome.org.

More information is available online here and here and at tacomadome.org.

The Tacoma Dome. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

The Tacoma Dome. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)