Upcoming season will be Vikings last in the Metrodome

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 22, 2013 - 5:56 AM

The architect and builder of a new stadium said the Metrodome will be torn down shortly after the conclusion of the Vikings’ 2013 season.

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CoynerFeb. 21, 13 9:36 PM

Will never forget the great moments...Hrbek's grand slam, Kirby's catch and homer, Jack's masterful win in '91...That classic Game 163 with the Tigers...or that day we stayed after a win over Cleveland to watch the Tigers lose on the big screen and clinch a comeback pennant. But I also won't miss the claustrophobic hallways, the long lines in the bathrooms, the roof collapses and those days the A/C wasn't working.

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bizsmithFeb. 22, 13 6:01 AM

I liked the Dome.

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ssej329Feb. 22, 13 6:15 AM

Don't shed too many tears, people. Metrodome II will be built, with a baseball field in the middle of it, a tarp on the wall for right field, another roof, seats squished together, stairways every 36 seats, etc. All for the cost of $1 billion dollars. Maybe, if we are lucky, Metrodome II will have a teflon roof too. Now, if only bingo and pulltabs can pay for this?

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fouledanchorFeb. 22, 13 6:39 AM

"The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome...is done at 31." - - - Meanwhile, the community cash-cow known as Lambeau Field, at age 56, and with a construction cost of $960,000 ($4.63 million in 2013 dollars), is currently being expanded and going strong. In Green Bay, fans can "willingly" pay $250 for a share of worthless stock; in Minnesota, fans, and non-fans, will simply pay taxes, over and over.

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philpyramFeb. 22, 13 7:09 AM

We deserved better than the Metrodome, which was built on the cheap out of desperation to keep the two big-league clubs. You get what you pay for, which in this case was a limited functional life. Although, as Lester said, the return on investment was favorable, we should still not build anything as second rate and borderline inadequate as this ever again. I see its construction and life span as a low point for this community. OK, all that said, I do recognize that it's a virtue to live simply and within your means and make due with what you've got. That we did. From my own personal perspective, I guess this is how you know you're getting old - when something you vividly remember being under construction is on the eve of its demolition.

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samiamFeb. 22, 13 7:21 AM

Fouledancor, you forgot the 295 million of renovations to lambeau in 2003, (paid for by a sales tax increase in Brown county) Seahawks stadium aka century link field opened in the same era at a cost of 360 million. The dome only cost 55 million. That's a pretty good value for 31 years of service

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samiamFeb. 22, 13 7:23 AM

From my own personal perspective, I guess this is how you know you're getting old - when something you vividly remember being under construction is on the eve of its demolition. Great Comment!

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mn2niceFeb. 22, 13 8:14 AM

Maybe, just maybe, Minneapolis is finally growing up. I have to admit, the one time I went to a twins game at the Dome it was quite an experience being inside that venerable building. I never could say the words, "Mall of America Field." It will always be remembered as "The Dome."

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brainerdguyFeb. 22, 13 8:15 AM

You mean to tell me they're still going forward with this stadium boondoggle¿¡¿¡¿¡

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blasphemerFeb. 22, 13 8:17 AM

I won't miss the dump, and I certainly wouldn't have missed the Queens had they left either.

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