Hubert H. Humphrey Stadium, 900 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Hubert H. Humphrey

Address: 900 5th Street S
Neighborhood/s: Downtown East, Minneapolis, Minnesota
City/locality-
State/province
Minneapolis, Minnesota
County-
State/province:
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1979-1982
Year razed: 2014
Historic Function: Sports facility/stadium

Downtown East Minneapolis Hennepin


The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome led to the future development of the stadiums that are being used today or still in progress: TCF Stadium for the Gophers, Target Field for the Twins and U.S Bank Stadium for the Vikings. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was built in Downtown Minneapolis and designed by Owings and Merril and, Setter, Leach and Lindstrom, Inc. It was dedicated Hubert Humphrey because he was a former Minneapolis Mayor that was a sports fanatic. It first opened on April 3rd, 1982 and held 64, 111 people. At the time of being built, the estimated cost was $55 million dollars. When it was finished it was one of the world’s largest air-supported, multi-use facility. Since the Metrodome was covered, it had event days that were year round. The Metrodome had air supported fiberglass fabric roof and a 340 ton cover for the dome and was held in place by air pressure. It needed 250,000 cubic feet of air pressure per minute. The pressure was controlled by having revolving doors for the fans that were coming in. During it’s time of bring in spectators, the roof collapsed five times. Four out of five times of the roof collapsing it was in the first five years of it being built. It was deflated on January 18 2014 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was built to replace the Metropolitan Stadium. It was home to the Vikings, Golden Gophers and Twins. Not only was it home to these teams, but it also had hosted some basketball and soccer games. The Vikings argued that the Metropolitan Stadium wasn’t built for football, rather it was built for baseball, but later the Twins argued that Metrodome was built for football rather than baseball. It is the only stadium that can say it held a major league baseball, all-star game, a super bowl, NCAA Final Four and a world series. The Metrodome holds a lot of success stories with sports and sentimental value to the teams and fans.

The Metrodome was the leading cause to future development of stadiums. With three major sports teams playing under the same roof, there was conflict with scheduling. The Gophers always being the last priority had to set back or change game times many times. As for the Twins, it wasn’t built with baseball in mind. The players got use to the different corks of the Metrodome but it still wasn’t ideal. A few times a baseball went through the roof. Also, since the roof is white it was hard to see the baseball flying through the air. When it was time to set up for baseball there were approximately 8,000 that seats that could be retracted and took about four hours to be set up, but some of the seats that were remaining were “bad” seats because it wasn’t built 100% for baseball. At the time of being built it had limited funding, which lead to a “fast-tracked budget building.” The Metrodome didn’t actually have club seats to bring in more revenue. The Metrodome only had 113 luxury seats (http://football.ballparks.com/NFL/MinnesotaVikings/). This also brought conflict later down the line because club seats are great for business.

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It’s the only stadium in the world to host a NFL Super Bowl, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, Twol World Series and the Final Four of NCAA Division for Men’s Basketball Championship. Not only professional sports, but high school sports as well. It held motorsport events, concerts and other various activities.

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