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The Seattle Kingdome, officially known as the "King County Domed Stadium", and usually referred to as simply "The Kingdome" or "The Dome", was the world's first — and only — multi-purpose concrete domed stadium, which was owned and operated by King County, Washington, located at the north end of Seattle's Industrial District, just south of Pioneer Square. Completed in 1976 on reclaimed tideflat land formerly occupied by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway's freight yards.
The stadium was demolished by implosion (sent to "Kingdome Come", as it were) on March 26, 2000 in the first live event ever covered by ESPN Classic, and set a world record for the largest implosion of a concrete building. The Kingdome might also hold a record as the first major stadium to be imploded before it was actually fully paid for. Qwest Field, the home of the National Football League's Seattle Seahawks, now occupies the site, as do the Seahawks, just as they had when the Kingdome still stood.
Teams that also used the Kingdome as their home included Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners and the National Basketball Association's Seattle SuperSonics. The NCAA Final Four was held three times at the Kingdome - in 1984, when Georgetown defeated the University of Houston, in 1989 when Michigan beat Seton Hall in overtime, and in 1995 when UCLA won their first championship since the retirement of legendary coach John Wooden, defeating Arkansas.
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