Stadiums in Minnesota

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Stadiums in Minnesota

ABOVE: Area of various stadiums
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States


Throughout Minnesotans history there has been a lot of change with Minnesotan’s Stadiums. Starting with Memorial Stadium in 1924 to present time with U.S. Bank Stadium. All effecting history with Minnesotan Sports in one way or another. Each stadium taking it one step farther in Architectural value.


Memorial Stadium

Memorial Stadium was first opened in 1924 and was home to the Golden Gophers. It was closed in 1982 and demolished in 1992. The Memorial Stadium was where the aquatic and alumni center is now. The orginal entrance is inside the Alumni Center. It was the track and field venue and served as an anchor for stadium village. When it was closed in 1982, the gophers then moved to playing at the Metrodome.

Metropolitan Stadium

The Metropolitan Stadium was first opened in April 24, 1956. The estimated cost at the time of being built was $8.5 million dollars. It was located in Bloomington, Minnesota and now Mall of America has replaced it when it was torn down in 1985. When it was first built it held 18,200 fans. It had a three tier grandstand that extended behind the homeplate. In 1957 it expanded to having a capacity of 21,000. Then again expanded in 1960 to 30,000 seats. During this time, this stadium was held for minor league baseball. In 1961 Washington Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. The same year, the Vikings moved into the stadium as well. By 1965 the capacity became 45, 919. The Metropolitan Stadium became outdated and too small, moving towards the build of the Metrodome.

Hubert H. Humphrey

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was built in Downtown Minneapolis. It first opened on April 3rd, 1982 and held 64, 111 people. At the time of being built, the estimated cost was $55, 000 dollars. The Metrodome was air supported fiberglass fabric roof and a 340 ton cover for the dome held in the place by air pressure. 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 being the Metrodome, 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 _______.

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was built to replace the Metropolitan Stadium. It was home to the Vikings, Golden Gophers and Twins. 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 has a lot of history through Minnesotan’s sports history. It was home to many of our teams and has had some historical moments in it. Considering the Metrodome was home to so many different teams, the Golden Gophers were the first to leave and move onto something else.

TCF Stadium

The Gophers left the metrodome in 2009 to play at their new stadium, TCF Stadium. The TCF Stadium holds 50,000 people. It was one of the largest sports facility in college sports. It was designed to have an opening that faces the campus and downtown Minneapolis to have a beautiful back drop for the students. It is now located only a block away from where the Memorial Stadium was at.

It also serves as a home for the Vikings in their 2014-15 season.

Target Field

The Target Field was finished being built in April 2010. It was at an estimated cost of $545 million dollars. It can hold up 39, 029 people.

U.S Bank

U.S bank first started construction back in ____ and is still currently being built to be home to the Vikings. It is located in Downtown Minneapolis in the same spot as the Metrodome was once at. It will be seating 65,000 people and can be expanded to 75,000 during major sporting events. It hopes to be ready by the 2016 season for the Vikings.

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