The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is located in downtown Minneapolis Minnesota and is a domed sports stadium, home to the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings (NFL) and former home to the Major League Baseball team the Minnesota Twins. The Metrodome was constructed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and opened on April 3, 1982; the Metrodome cost was $68 million - under budget, a rarity for modern sport stadiums. The HHH Metrodome replaced the Metropolitan Stadium, which was on the current site of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota and Memorial Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. The Metrodome Minneapolis is the only public stadium in the United States that does not rely on a continuing tax subsidy to finance operations, maintenance or debt payments.
Construction on the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome began on December 20, 1979 and was funded by the state of Minnesota. The stadium was named after former Minneapolis mayor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey, who had died in 1978. It is a somewhat utilitarian facility, though not quite as Spartan as Metropolitan Stadium. A Stadium Official once said that all the Metrodome was designed to do was "get fans in, let ‘em see a game, and let ‘em go home."
The Metrodome schedule is full, hosting a professional sports team every year and other major events like the 1985 MLB All-Star Game, games of the 1987 and the 1991 World Series and Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, were all held at the Metrodome Minneapolis. The NCAA Final Four was held at the Metrodome in 1992 and 2001. Duke University was the winner on both occasions. The Metrodome has also served as one of the four regional venues for the Final Four in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2003 and most recently, 2006. The Metrodome is the only venue to host a MLB All-Star Game, a Super Bowl, an NCAA Final Four, and a World Series.
The Metrodome's roof is made of two layers of Teflon coated fiberglass fabric, and is an air-supported structure supported by positive air pressure. It is reputed to be the largest application of Teflon on Earth. Three times in the Metrodome's history, heavy snows have caused a small puncture in the roof and caused it to deflate. Varying air pressure due to a severe storm once contributed to a dramatic deflation during a regular season Twins baseball game. On November 19, 1981, a rapid accumulation of over a foot of snow caused the Metrodome roof to collapse, requiring it to be re-inflated. In December of 2010, it once again collapsed, this time causing the Minnesota Vikings to play a game at TCF Bank Stadium and Detroit, Michigan. It will be fixed however for the 2011 NFL season.
The Metrodome seating chart capacity changes with what event is going on. For baseball, the Metrodome seating chart is set at 46,564, and is expandable to 55,883; Metrodome Football seating is 64,111; and for basketball, the seating is set for 50,000.
The surface of the Metrodome field from 1982 to 1986 was SuperTurf; from 1987 to 2003 was AstroTurf; and now from 2004 to present day the field is FieldTurf. FieldTurf is thought to be a closer approximation to natural grass than AstroTurf in its softness, appearance, and feel. The dimensions of the Metrodome field are Left Field - 343 ft; Left-Center - 385 ft; Center Field - 408 ft; Right Center - 367 ft; Right Field - 327 ft; Backstop - 60 ft; Dome Apex - 186 ft; Wall (from left and center field) - 7 ft; and Wall (right field) - 16 feet.
Before the mid-1990's, the HHH Metrodome left-field wall included a six-foot clear Plexiglas screen for a total height of 13 feet. It was off of this Plexiglas wall that Twins player Kirby Puckett jumped to rob Ron Gant of the Atlanta Braves of an extra-base hit during Game 6 of the 1991 World Series (a game that Puckett would win with an 11th-inning walk off homer) - in later years, with the Plexiglas removed, it would have been a potential home run ball.
With so many exciting Metrodome sporting events, Metrodome tickets are a hot item and sell like no one would believe. We get them in and before we know it, they are gone. So if you are thinking of going to an event at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome, don't hesitate in buying HHH Metrodome tickets. Get them while they last and enjoy your next event at the Dome! See ya in Minneapolis!