Metrodome with inflated roof - the final day

| Friday, January 17, 2014

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, later christened Mall of America Field, is facing its final day with its inflated Teflon roof. Tomorrow, with much of the stadiums' interior already gutted, the electricity to the 31 year-old stadium in downtown Minneapolis will be cut, the doors opened and the multiple acres of Teflon roof will deflate like it has done a few times before but this time it will not rise again. Having been to see only baseball games at HHH Metrodome, I have no sense of fondness for this utilitarian, multi-purpose stadium. For baseball purposes, HHH Metrodome was horrible. Having to sit partially sideways in a number of the somewhat decent seats to see the action on the field left a sour taste in my mouth. At its core, though, HHH Metrodome was a football stadium. It was built with football in mind and if wiser heads had prevailed, it could have lasted another decade or much longer if it had been properly remodeled and retrofitted with the type of amenities Vikings owner Zygi Wilf felt were needed to compete with the rest of the NFL. Oh well, we live in a disposable society and this is the latest piece of a short span of history to meet the wrecking ball. Let's pause for a moment, though, and relive the final days of the Metrodome, a sort of Minneapolis landmark, with some photos.

Mall of America Field Night 12
from flickr user JPhotographyMpls

Mall of America Field 26
from flickr user JPhotographyMpls

metrodome with some blue seats removed before demolition
from flickr user amy-n-jesse

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