Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Former stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is located in Minnesota
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
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Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is located in the United States
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
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Address900 South 5th Street
LocationMinneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates44°58′26″N 93°15′29″W / 44.97389°N 93.25806°W / 44.97389; -93.25806Coordinates: 44°58′26″N 93°15′29″W / 44.97389°N 93.25806°W / 44.97389; -93.25806
OwnerMetropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (1982–2012)
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (2012–2013)
OperatorMetropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (1982–2012)
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (2012–2013)
CapacityAmerican football: 64,121
Baseball: 46,564[1] (expandable to 55,883)
Basketball: 50,000
Concerts: 60,000[2]
Field sizeLeft field: 343 ft (105 m)
Left-center: 385 ft (117 m) (unmarked)
Center field: 408 ft (124 m)
Right-center: 367 ft (112 m) (unmarked)
Right field: 327 ft (100 m)
Backstop: 60 ft (18 m)
Dome apex: 186 ft (57 m)
Wall: 7 ft (2.1 m) (left and center field)
Wall: 23 ft (7 m) (right field)[3]
SurfaceSuperTurf (1982–1986)
AstroTurf (1987–2003)
FieldTurf (2004–2010)
Sportexe Momentum Turf (2010)
UBU-Intensity Series-S5-M Synthetic Turf (2011–2013)
Construction
Broke groundDecember 20, 1979
OpenedApril 3, 1982
ClosedDecember 29, 2013[11]
DemolishedJanuary 18, 2014 – April 17, 2014[4]
Construction costUS$55 million[5][6]
($194 million in 2019 dollars[7])
ArchitectFazlur Rahman Khan[8] (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)
Setter, Leach & Lindstrom, Inc.[9]
Structural engineerGeiger Berger Associates
General contractorBarton-Malow[10]
Tenants
Minnesota Vikings (NFL) (1982–2013)
Minnesota Twins (MLB) (1982–2009)
Minnesota Golden Gophers football (NCAA) (1982–2008)
Minnesota Strikers (NASL) (1984)
Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball (NCAA) (1985–2010, 2012)
Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) (1989–1990)
Minnesota United FC (NASL) (2013)

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (commonly called the Metrodome) was a domed sports stadium located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It opened in 1982 as a replacement for Metropolitan Stadium, the former home of the National Football League's (NFL) Minnesota Vikings and Major League Baseball's (MLB) Minnesota Twins, and Memorial Stadium, the former home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.

The Metrodome was the home of the Vikings from 1982 to 2013, the Twins from 1982 to 2009, the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Minnesota Timberwolves in their 1989–90 inaugural season, the Golden Gophers football team until 2008 and the occasional home of the Golden Gophers baseball team from 1985 to 2010 and their full-time home in 2012. It was also the home of the Minnesota Strikers of the North American Soccer League in 1984. On January 18, 2014, the Metrodome roof was deflated, signaling the beginning of demolition work. The Vikings played at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for the 2014 and 2015 NFL seasons, ahead of the planned opening of U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016.

The stadium had a fiberglass fabric roof that was self-supported by air pressure and was the third major sports facility to have this feature (the first two being the Pontiac Silverdome and the Carrier Dome). The Metrodome was similar in design to the former RCA Dome and to BC Place, though BC Place was reconfigured with a retractable roof in 2010. The Metrodome was reputedly the inspiration for the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.[12][13] The stadium was the only facility to have hosted a Super Bowl (1992), World Series (1987, 1991), MLB All-Star Game (1985) and NCAA Division I Basketball Final Four (1992, 2001).

The Metrodome had several nicknames such as "The Dome",[14] "The Thunderdome",[15] and "The Homer Dome."[16] Preparation for the demolition of the Metrodome began the day after the facility hosted its final home game for the Minnesota Vikings on December 29, 2013, with actual demolition beginning on January 18, 2014.[17][18] The Metrodome was torn down in sections while construction of U.S. Bank Stadium began.[19]

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference Cathedrals was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "About Metrodome". Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Retrieved November 4, 2006.
  3. ^ Minnesota Ballpark History Major League Baseball, 2002
  4. ^ "Metrodome Demolition Reaches Completion Early". Associated Press.
  5. ^ "Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome Information". Minnesota Vikings. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Metrodome History" (PDF). Minnesota Legislature. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  7. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference time was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ Football.ballparks.com – Metrodome
  10. ^ Ballparks.com – Metrodome
  11. ^ Detroit Lions | Detroit Free Press. freep.com (May 7, 2014). Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  12. ^ Metrodome Memories: The last hurrah..., KARE 11 News, October 5, 2009, Accessed January 18, 2011.
  13. ^ Teddy Greenstein, Tokyo Dome Has Touch Of Home For Macphail, Chicago Tribune, March 27, 2000, Accessed January 18, 2011.
  14. ^ ESPN.com MLB Park Factor
  15. ^ Holtzman, Jerome (October 9, 1987). "Fans` Din Hits New Heights In The Thunderdome". Chicago Tribune.
  16. ^ "Homerdome? It's more like Loserdome now for Twins" Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine, Brainerd Dispatch May 13, 2000.
  17. ^ Tom Powers: On demolition day, Metrodome won't hold up to Met Center. TwinCities.com. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  18. ^ [1] Archived December 29, 2013, at Archive.today
  19. ^ New Vikings Stadium: Transition From Old To New Archived 2016-03-07 at the Wayback Machine. Vikings.com (December 3, 2013). Retrieved on May 12, 2014.

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