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SBD/December 30, 2013/Facilities
Metrodome Closes With Little Fan Trouble As Security Wards Off Would-Be Memento Seekers
Published December 30, 2013
FANS SEEK FINAL FAREWELL: In Minneapolis, Richard Meryhew in a front-page piece reports about 64,000 fans "braved a bitter December chill to bid farewell to the much-maligned Teflon-covered stadium." They "came from Iowa and North Dakota and as far away as London to catch a piece of history." The Metrodome in the coming weeks "will be razed to make way" for a $1B, "state-of-the-art upgrade." The dome "went out Sunday with a bit of a whimper," as there were "extra security officers lining the field at game’s end and an additional 50 off-duty Minneapolis police officers working the concourse and the crowd." Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said, "No one was injured. Everything was respectful. It was a great day." The Vikings will play the next two seasons outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium on the Univ. of Minnesota Campus, with their new stadium "scheduled to open in time" for the '16 season (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/30).
A LOOK BACK AT THE 'DOME: In Minneapolis, Patrick Reusse noted the Metrodome opened in '82 "for an original cost" of $55M. Insults regarding the facility's quality "were so frequent that the offended Dome staff for years had the slogan 'We Like It Here' painted above the tunnel in the right field corner." The "more fitting epitaph for the Metrodome’s gravestone would be, 'We Got Our Money’s Worth'" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/29).