I don't know about paying for itself.
It was built at a cost of $67M less than 20 years ago.
We currently owe some $127M on it (renovations, upgrades, outstanding
The debt on the now destroyed dome will not be fully retired until 2016.
Gotta love it
At 14:48 03/26/2000 -0600, Phil Ethier wrote:
>From: Bill Rabel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: Steve Hammatt <email@example.com>
>Cc: virtual vairs <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Shop Talk NG
>Date: Sunday, March 26, 2000 1:51 PM
>Subject: Re: Big Day in Seattle
> >> The Smith Tower was the tallest building west of the
> >> Mississippi when it was built in 1914.
> >This was true until the Seafirst Bank Tower was built in 1963!
>Taller than the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis, eh?
>BTW, I remember reading some years ago that the Kingdome was the only
>stadium paying for itself. I suppose that's why they are tearing it down.
>I'd like to see a federal law prohibiting the use of taxpayer money to prop
>up sports teams. So far, our mayor has sold out to the NHL, but the voter
>have prevented him from his plan to sell out to the Twins. The ball is back
>in Minneapolis' court on that score. When the state starts building us
>autocross lots, they can consider giving money to billionaire sports owners
>and millionaire players.
>Meanwhile, back in THIS mailing list: It was actually warmer in the garage
>than in the shop today! Spring is nearly here in Minnesota. I did have to
>use the garage. Found a Phillips-head screw in a tire on the Saturn. Good
>job I got that road-hazard guarantee from Tire Plus. I'd rather trust them
>with just the loose wheel (I even kept the center: the bozos wrecked two of
>the centers for the Lotus wheels) than the whole car.
>Phil Ethier Saint Paul Minnesota USA
>1970 Lotus Europa, 1992 Saturn SL2, 1986 Chev Suburban