The Tacoma Dome is one of the largest wood domed structures in the world. It is owned and operated by the City of Tacoma’s Public Assembly Facilities Department. Flexibility is the key to the success of the Tacoma Dome. With numerous seating configurations available – 65% of the seating is moveable – almost any event is possible. Unique seating configurations ranging from 5,000 to 23,000 combined with a sound reverberation of 2.5 seconds make the Tacoma Dome the Preferred Concert Venue of the Pacific Northwest.
Ground breaking for the facility took place on July 1, 1981. The building was constructed in less than two years and officially opened on April 21, 1983. The Tacoma Dome hosted its first major concert on August 11, 1983 with David Bowie.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Tacoma Dome’s roof was built with 1.6 million board feet and weighs 1,444,000 pounds. 24,541,382 cubic feet of concrete was used in the construction of the Tacoma Dome. This is enough to build a sidewalk 70 miles long. The Tacoma Dome is 530 feet in diameter and 152 feet tall.
The Tacoma Dome hosted the 1990 Goodwill Games, the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four in 1988 & 1989 and the 1987 United States Figure Skating Championships. Six professional sports franchises have called the Tacoma Dome home. They were:
- Tacoma Stars Soccer (1984-1992)
- Tacoma Express Football (1990)
- Tacoma Rockets Hockey (1991-1995)
- Seattle Sounders Soccer (1994)
- Seattle Sonics Basketball (1994-1995)
- Tacoma Sabercats Hockey (1997-2002)
Other Interesting Facts:
- The fastest concert sellout in the venue's history was AC/DC in 2008 in 35 minutes.
- The fastest non-concert sellout was the May 2000 presentation of WWF Smackdown in 27 minutes.
- The top grossing event was Walking With Dinosaurs - The Live Experience with over $2.34 million in gross receipt in 2007.
- The largest general admission concerts were The Police, Scorpions and Motley Crue, each show attracting 30,000 fans.
- The largest reserved seat concert was Bruce Springsteen, with over 23,000 fans in attendance on April 4, 2000.