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Tacoma Dome
center The Tacoma Dome from the Bridge of Glass
Location 2727 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
Broke ground July 1, 1981
Opened April 21, 1983
Owner City of Tacoma
Operator City of Tacoma
Construction cost $44 million
Tenants Tacoma Rockets (WHL)(1991-1995)
Tacoma Sabercats (WCHL) (1997-2002)
Capacity 5,000 – 23,000
  • 20,824 Indoor Soccer
  • 10,000 Outdoor Soccer & American Football

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.


Upon winning an international design competition, local architects McGranahan and 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 ft. and a height of 152 ft.

The arena hosted the Seattle SuperSonics from 1994-95 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.

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.

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