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Metrodome roof (1981-2014) deflates one final time

David Brown
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The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome housed the Minnesota Twins from 1982 to 2008, and the NFL's Minnesota Vikings played there from '82 through the recently completed season. But with the Twins now playing at Target Field and the Vikings wanting to build a new stadium at the Metrodome's site, it's time for the building to go.

Workers have been removing items (such as seats, and the pitchers' mounds) for weeks, but a big stage in the stadium's demolition is the deflation of the Teflon-coated fiberglass roof, which had been kept in place by powerful fans. No more. The deflation was streamed live on the internet Saturday morning — call it the last event in the Metrodome's history — and it took 35 minutes to finish.

In addition to all of the great Twins memories and Vikings events, the Metrodome also hosted Super Bowl 26 and two men's basketball Final Fours.

By going to Vikings.com, you should be able to watch a replay of the Dome deflating. The building won't be imploded in one fell swoop like other expired ballparks have been, but will be taken apart gradually.

Four previous times — most recently in 2010 — extreme weather caused the dome to collapse. This time, the final time, is caused by progress. Soon, a $1 billion stadium with a fixed roof (but also with big windows to allow some of Mother Nature inside) will be built approximately where the Dome stands. Renderings look like the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif.

Do ballparks go to heaven?

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