Tacoma Dome has revealed renderings for the reopening of the 23,000-seat arena in Washington. The renderings show off the 35 year-old building’s $30 million in capital improvements. Construction on the fan-friendly improvements began in June and are expected to be completed by its reopening in October.
Opened in April 1983, Tacoma Dome is celebrating its 35th anniversary with renovations that include replacing all of its seating with modern telescopic seating providing greater comfort for guests and quicker turnaround between events. Improvements will also include additional restrooms, upgrades to existing restrooms, and safety and security enhancements will be made through out the venue.
Since its first major full concert with David Bowie in 1983, the legendary venue has hosted renowned artists from U2 to Frank Sinatra, George Strait to Prince, Garth Brooks to Lionel Richie, Tina Turner to Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran to Billy Joel, AC/DC to George Michael, Janet Jackson to Bruce Springsteen. The city-owned dome attracts 600,000 attendees a year as Washington’s largest indoor arena.
The Dome will reopen in October with annual consumer events and then kick off one of its most populated concert months this November. On Nov. 1, Drake will be the first performer to play the renovated facility. The month of November will also feature a show from Nicki Minaj and Future, two nights of Justin Timberlake, Twenty One Pilots, and Fleetwood Mac.
Following Nicki Minaj and Future on Nov. 10, the Dome will host Joe Walsh’s 2018 VetsAid concert. In support of Walsh’s non-profit veterans organization, VetsAid 2018 will feature performances from Don Henley, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, HAIM, and Walsh. The second annual benefit concert will occur on Nov. 11 in Tacoma, Washington after debuting last year at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia featuring performances by Walsh, Zac Brown Band, Keith Urban and Gary Clark Jr. The inaugural event donated $400,000 in grants to veterans’ services organizations nationally and locally.