It's lights out for Metrodome

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 12:02 PM

Well-behaved Metrodome fans bid farewell to an era.Hometown heroes of all stripes helped build memories.

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snoebirdDec. 29, 13 9:50 PM

Vikings fans will long for the Dome during cold-weather games at TCF Bank Stadium because there's a big difference between a two-deck stadium with two concourses and a two-deck stadium with one concourse. The Bank, which has only one concourse, had a record crowd for a cold-weather game between the Gophers and Badgers in November, and halftime became dangerous when virtually everyone tried to leave their seats to enter the concourse for various personal needs. Beer sales were ending, and a lot of people who didn't need to use the restrooms did so anyway because they were heated. A lot of Badger and Gopher flesh was compressed in a chaotic 20 minutes.

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thefalconDec. 29, 1310:54 PM

You get what you ask for. So now the fans have to suck it up but I am sure plenty will be so drunk they wont even notice. Just wait until the public gets asked to pay more of the cost in the near future.

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mythologerDec. 29, 1311:11 PM

I started out going to Miller games at old Nicollet Park. When Met Stadium was built, it was in the middle of nowhere. There was no crosstown highway, and no 494. I watched Miller games there for several years before the Twins and Vikings came. Those Viking teams were easy to love, and we were proud to play in the cold and snow...we dared opponents to come in and try to beat us in our backyard. There are some great memories from the dome, but it just never had the personality. I live in Champaign now, and really enjoyed the season that the Bears played here while Soldier Field was renovated. I think the two years at TCF might be fun.

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rlwr51Dec. 30, 1312:47 AM

Does this mean they will stop collecting the sales tax enacted 32 years ago to pay for it?

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hazzzeeDec. 30, 13 6:03 AM

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, dome

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owatonnabillDec. 30, 13 6:33 AM

The Dome was fun. Sure it had it's quirks and problems, but the gridiron was the same size as at any other NFL stadium and the baseball diamond fit MLB regulations. At $55 mil even 30-odd years ago it was a bargain that served well for a lot of years. Now we Minnesotans get Target Field (which has all the charm of an embalming room)at about 1/2 billion and this new UberStadium for the Vikings which will undoubtedly come in at over a billion total. Bottom line: Joe Taxpayer is paying 30 times the cost of the Metrodome for two facilities whose primary function is to enrich the owners and their respective leagues, regardless of the sanctimonious claims that it is being done enrich the fan experience. So who wins, and who loses?

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homerunkingDec. 30, 13 6:56 AM

I went to several great events at the Dome but my most vivid memory is what happened outside the Dome after the 1998 NFC Championship game. I knew Atlanta was going to win the game so the second the kick went through I was out the door. There Star Tribune workers were frantically loading papers into trucks because the paper's headline was Vikings going to the Super Bowl. I was so mad they lost but that sight made me chuckle. Ill never forget that.

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MorgDec. 30, 13 8:31 AM

You mean the end of an error, don't you??? While the Dome served us well those many years, the fact it was built on the cheap is the reason we are now replacing it. Fortunately we seemed to have learned from our errors. To the comment about Target Field having the charm of an embalming room, well, don't let your anti-stadium bias blind you to the truth. That stadium is a gem. Everyone knows it. You may believe the sky is green in your World, but I can assure you it's blue.

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whsuksDec. 30, 13 8:49 AM

Every single person interviewed doesn't live in Minneapolis. Pretty much says it all.

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whsuksDec. 30, 13 9:05 AM

"Fortunately we seemed to have learned from our errors." .......The error, Morg, is building one in the first place. That and denying the residents the vote guaranteed by the Charter. Enjoy your stadiums built on the backs of others.

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