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Monday, January 26, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

Great moments in dome history

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The Astrodome was the first sports domed stadium, but many others have followed. Maybe you didn't know that the second sports dome was built on the campus of Idaho State University, or that a Minnesota Twins game at the Metrodome was snowed out. Maybe you didn't care. Anyway, allow us to present some haphazard dome trivia:

• The idea for a domed stadium in Pocatello, Idaho came from Idaho State athletic director Milton W. "Dubby" Holt, whose radical 1966 proposal was met with much criticism. But building began in 1968, and the Mini-Dome (later renamed Holt Arena) was completed in 1970.

• The Louisiana Superdome (completed in 1975) drew the largest crowd for an indoor concert, 87,500 to see the Rolling Stones in 1981.

• At the Pontiac Silverdome (1975), the Pope edged WrestleMania — barely — in 1987. A crowd of 93,682 came to hear Pope John Paul II conduct Mass. WrestleMania III drew 93,173.

• Seattle's very own Kingdome (1976) remains the only dome to be imploded. (Though several others should be).

• The J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome opened in 1977 on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, at a cost of $8 million (or, about a week's worth of construction at Safeco Field).

• On April 14, 1983, heavy snow caused a tear in the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982), causing a postponement of the Twins' game against California.

• The first concert at the Tacoma Dome was David Bowie, Aug. 11, 1983. The fastest concert sellout was the Backstreet Boys in 1999, 38 minutes. The fastest sellout for any event occurred in May 2000 when WWF Smackdown tickets were gone in 27 minutes.

• B.C. Place (1983) in Vancouver, B.C., is made with enough concrete to build a sidewalk from Vancouver to Tacoma.

• The Superior Dome (1991) at Northern Michigan University in Marquette was built with 781 Douglas fir beams and 108 miles of fir decking, and claims to be the world's largest wood dome.

• The Alamodome (1993) in San Antonio features the first JumboTron installed in an inside arena, plus lots of boat shows and Monster Jams.

— Bill Reader

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