Tacoma Dome
The Tacoma Dome (constructed by Tacoma Dome Associates, led by McGranahan Messenger Architects, a design build entity) is an indoor arena located in Tacoma, Washington, USA, approximately 30 miles South of Seattle. Contents

Upon winning an international design competition, local architects McGranahan Messenger completed the Tacoma Dome in 1983 for $44 million which opened on April 21, the arena seats 21,000 for basketball. It is the world's largest arena with a wooden dome in terms of total volume and seating capacity (23,000), with a diameter of 530 feet (160 m) and a height of 152 feet (46 m). The Superior Dome in Marquette, MI is larger in diameter at 536 feet (163 m), but is only 143 feet (44 m) high and only seats a maximum of 16,000. The Superior Dome is also not a geodesic dome; it is a planar radian structure of glue-laminated beams. 

The first concert in the Tacoma Dome was David Bowie with The Tubes as the opening act. The arena hosted the Seattle SuperSonics from 1994- 1995 while the Seattle Center Coliseum was being renovated into the venue now known as KeyArena as well as various regular season Sonics games during other seasons. It also hosted the Tacoma Rockets Western Hockey League team from 1991 to 1995, the Tacoma Sabercats of the West Coast Hockey League from 1997 to 2002, The Tacoma Stars indoor soccer team of the MISL from 1984 to 1992, gymnastics events during the 1990 Goodwill Games, numerous other minor league ice hockey and indoor soccer teams, and many concerts as well. It additionally hosts wrestling events, such as WCW Spring Stampede 1999. The Professional Bull Riders hosted a Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event at the Dome annually between 2003 and 2009. Jehovah's Witnesses have used the dome for their conventions since it was built. Past concerts at the Tacoma Dome have included Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Green Day, U2, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton with Mark Knopfler, The Boston Pops, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, George Michael, American Idols, AC/DC & many more. Paul Simon opened his "Born at The Right Time" tour, his longest to date, in the Tacoma dome. Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour will stop here on August 21, 2010. Unlike most other arenas of its size, the arena contains little in the way of fixed seating so as to maximize the flexibility of the seating arrangements and of the shape of the playing field. It can even host American football, albeit with seating reduced to only 10,000. A wide range of high school athletics is played at the Dome, as the stadium features the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association High School Championships in Football, Wrestling, 4A Basketball, as well as 4A and 3A Volleyball. The venue became home to the State High School Championships in Football in 2000 after the previous home, the Kingdome, was demolished. The Dome also hosted the NCAA Women's Final Four in back to back years (89-90). The Tacoma Dome made an appearance during a sketch on the February 27, 2010 edition of Saturday Night Live. The Dome is also host to the Shanaman Sports Museum of Tacoma-Pierce County. Honoring the community's rich sporting history.

The Tacoma Dome is also known for its controversial neon art. In 1984 the Stephen Antonakos piece displayed inside the dome was the subject of intense debate over public funding of artworks for public works projects.  Mon


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