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December 2017 - Stadium siting

CF 49514

Today’s debates about the siting of sports facilities are not new, as demonstrated by a communication from the East Queen Anne Club to City Council in 1912, urging the city to build a stadium in their neighborhood. The location the group had in mind was a tract near Blaine and Taylor overlooking Lake Union, in what is now part of the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt above Aurora Avenue.

The club passed a resolution outlining their specifications and requesting a cost estimate from the City Engineer before making their case for the site:

RESOLVED, that we urge among the important advantages:

  1. The opening at the foot toward Lake Union and the high bluff of Queen Anne Hill back of it and above render practically certain the wonderful acoustic properties of the Tacoma Stadium.
  2. The location is not only near the center of population, but also nearly the geographical center of the city.
  3. With Lake Union in front, it affords exceptional view point for aquatic sports and marine display.
  4. [There are] transportation facilities by street cars above and below and immediately adjacent carrying passengers not only one way, but both ways…[T]he several broad avenues near it and Queen Anne Boulevard above furnish ample automobile approaches; with the municipal dock on the Lake below, boats from not only every part of the Lakes and city water front, but from every seaport on the globe may approach it.

Unfortunately for the Queen Anne boosters, the city instead accepted a gift of land at 35th and Avalon, where the West Seattle Stadium was eventually built and still stands today.