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Seattle Says Dusty Goodbye to KingdomeAired March 26, 2000 - 11:30 a.m. ET
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GENE RANDALL, CNN ANCHOR: Residents have been warned of the dangers of dust in the area. People with respiratory problems have been told to stay inside and people have been told to hose off their cars once the dust settles, because wiping the cars off could damage the finish.
And these are last-minute clearances being given before we see this implosion take place. Once again, the scene is Seattle and this is the Kingdome.
A lot of memories in this stadium, of course: baseball great Ken Griffey Jr. played many seasons here and he now has returned to a boyhood home, Cincinnati, Ohio, where his father starred with the Cincinnati Reds, and now he gets his chance to do the same thing.
A new stadium will go up on this site, and the Seahawks of the National Football League will play there. Safeco Field already has been completed for baseball, and Seattle Mariners are playing their games there.
The Kingdome, of course, was not -- not without a troubled history. Anyone who had been threatened by a falling ceiling tile could attest to that, and so while there is some nostalgia, I suppose, with any stadium which is about to come down, there may also be some complaints which will register in the memories of baseball and football fans in the city of Seattle, Washington.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Here we go CDI. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six...
RANDALL: Well, given the dust, you are probably a lot better off watching this on TV than you would be watching it from close-by. The Seattle Kingdome has come down -- a 25,000-ton roof. And we will join "RELIABLE SOURCES" in progress after this very "breaking" story.
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