Stadiums in Minnesota

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Stadiums in Minnesota

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




Stadiums throughout Minnesota show a progression with architectural understanding and for alot of the population the stadiums have sentimental value. 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 the start to an epidemic of architecture within stadiums. 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 original 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.

When built it was $2 million dollars. It was built in a memory and honor of the men and woman “who fearlessly sacrificed themselves in the great war.” ( was also built under the hopes that the stadium would bring supervised play and scholarly activities to the University. It was consisted with wooden bleachers and when first built had a capacity of 52,809. In 1981 it was remodeled to hold 56, 652.

Metropolitan Stadium

The Metropolitan Stadium was beautiful when first built, but later became outdated leading to the construction of the Humphrey H. Humphrey Metrodome. 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 home plate. In 1957 it expanded to having a capacity of 21,000. Then again expanded in 1960 to 30,000 seats. Seats were added by adding more wooden benches to the outside of the space and also increasing vertically. 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. When the Metropolitan Stadium was in its glories days of hosting various games, it was said to be one of the best stadiums in the country, even better than some of the professional sport stadiums. Where it was located there was a problem with traffic and amenities for how many spectators the stadium brought in, it soon became outdated and too small, moving towards the build of the Metrodome.

Hubert H. Humphrey

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome led to the future development of the stadiums that are being used today or still in progress. 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 million dollars. When it was finished it was one of the world’s largest air-supported, multi-use facility. 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.” (

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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