900 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis, 55415
The Minnesota Twins play baseball just a few Minneapolis blocks from the Target Center, in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. With Homer Hankies, surging fists and a lot of hometown pride, baseball fans have supported the Twins through new ballpark rumors, trades, injuries and all the high times, too–take for a start our two World Series Championships (1987 and 1991), the days of the late, great Kirby Puckett, and the unbelievable run of the “Contraction Kids.â€ For the past four seasons, Minnesota fans have come out in droves, cheering loudly and raising the decibel levels inside the indoor stadium equal to that of an airliner taking off. With excellent pitching and nearly flawless fielding, the Twins could have the ability to walk away with it all. Again.
Hall-of-famers in Minnesota’s Metrodome also wear purple and gold. Even without the top title, the Minnesota Vikings have been counted as one of the NFL’s top powerhouses each year. The 1960s and ’70s marked four Super Bowl losses, and then in 1998, 2000 and 2003, the Vikings’ efforts led to the National Football Conference title games. This past off-season, new head coach Brad Childress revamped the Vikings’ staff and team, hoping to create a cohesive offense and defense to put the purple back in the playoffs.
April 3, 1982â€¨
FieldTurf (2004 to date)â€¨
55,883 (baseball); 63,000 (football)
Skidmore, Owings & Merrillâ€¨
Barton Malow (Southfield, MI)â€¨
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commissionâ€¨