History Lesson: How did SoDo get its name?

Yesterday was the 18th anniversary of the demolition of the Kingdome stadium, former home of the Seattle Seahawks, the Mariners, the Sonics, and the old Sounders. The multipurpose arena was imploded (yes, that’s a thing) in 2000 — which you can watch in this mesmerizing video — to make room for two sports stadiums, which are now CenturyLink and Safeco fields.

But the Kingdome has another special meaning to our city. It helped give SoDo, Seattle’s industrial district, its name.

(📸: Mayur Kamat, @mayurkmt)


SoDo used to be a local shorthand for “South of the Dome.” Then when the Kingdome was demolished, the name was conveniently adapted to mean “South of Downtown.”

Reader Trevor Essmeier remembers when this guy skateboarded on the Kingdome’s roof just before it crumbled. Yikes. What memories do you have of the stadium — whether it was attending games or awe-ing at its demise? Let us know here.