The Final Countdown
This will be the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome’s last season, and the state’s iconic sports facility has accomplished quite a bit in its 31 years: it’s the only stadium in the world to have hosted the Super Bowl, two World Series, a MLB All-Star Game, and the NCAA Division-1 Men’s Basketball Final Four Championship games
November 19, 1981: Mid-construction, the dome collapses for first time.
April 3, 1982: The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome opens.
December 30, 1982: Dome collapses for a second time.
April 14, 1983: Dome collapses for a third time.
May 4, 1984: Dave Kingman of the Oakland A’s hits a pop fly that ends up in a drainage hole in dome’s inner roof. After lots of confusion, he is sent to second base. It’s considered the most famous double in Metrodome history.
October 24, 1987: Kirby Puckett ties the World Series record for runs scored in a single series game.
October 25, 1987: The Twins win the World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals and are the first team to win all four of the series’ home games.
December 1, 1987: Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka nicknames the dome the Hubert H. Humphrey Roller Dome, telling the Chicago Times “football was meant to be played outside on grass” and that the only thing an indoor dome is good for is roller skating.
November 8, 1989: NBA basketball returns to Minneapolis for the first time since the Lakers left in 1960. Michael Jordan drops 45 points during the Timberwolves’ first game in the Metrodome, spoiling the T-Wolves’ home debut.
October 27, 1991: Twins win the World Series over the Atlanta Braves.
1993: The Guinness World Records for 24-hour distance skating is set at the dome by Jonathan Seutter at 271 miles.
October 2009: The dome is renamed Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
November 30, 2000: Vikings wideout Cris Carter reaches 1,000 career catches.
November 23, 2002: 65,184 fans fill the dome for the Minnesota Gophers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes football game, the largest attendance on record.
October 11, 2009: Twins’ final dome game.
December 12, 2010: Dome collapses for a fourth time when 17 inches of snow weighing 2.7 million pounds causes three panels to rip open. It takes seven months to repair the dome before it’s re-inflated on July 13, 2011.