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Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

About Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: The idea for a domed stadium was conceived in the late 1960s when a Minneapolis architect named Robert Cerny introduced a concept of a domed football stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Minneapolis city leaders saw an opportunity to bring professional sports downtown and put Robert Cerny's vision to work.

The Dome idea was put in front of public officials many times between 1972 and 1976 before it was finally approved in 1977. Construction of the much debated and anticipated Metrodome started in December of 1979 on 20 acres of land located at 900 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The Dome was grandly inflated on October 2, 1981 and the stadium was completed in April 1982. The project was completed on time and under budget. The final price came in at $55 million. After several name proposals, Hubert H. Humphrey was the clear choice. Humphrey was a former Minneapolis Mayor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Vice President. Because of his dedication to the state and to teamwork, the Metrodome was appropriately named in his honor -- The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Metrodome is the country's only public stadium that does not rely on a continuing tax subsidy to finance operations, maintenance or debt payments.

The white, air-supported Teflon roof is 10 acres of Teflon-coated fiberglass 1/16" thick. The liner is made of 1/32" thick woven fiberglass. The roof is supported by 20 electric fans running at 90 horsepower each. The roof has had four occurrences of minor rips.

The Metrodome is a state resource, providing a home for the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and University of Minnesota Gophers. Since 1982, the combined attendance at Metrodome events exceeds 55 million people, making it the most versatile and heavily used stadium in the nation.

Out of more than 300 event days per year at the Metrodome, less than 100 feature professional or major college sports. The rest of the event days are used by high schools and colleges, concerts, community activities and other events. The Metrodome hosts boys' and girls' high schools from throughout Minnesota for athletic and other events. The Dome is the only major facility in Minnesota big enough to host major motorsports events and also draws more than 4,000 runners and 30,000 inline skaters per year. Co-ed volleyball and touch football leagues bring in 2,000 people per week to the Metrodome between October and February. Other events hosted at the Metrodome include the International Special Olympics, many cultural festivals, religious events and charitable fundraisers. The dome hosts trade shows, police canine training and fire-fighting recruitment tests. The dome has even hosted its’ share of weddings and birthday parties.

The ever-busy Metrodome is the only stadium in the world to have hosted all of the following: the NFL Super Bowl (1992), Major League Baseball's All-Star Game (1985), two World Series (1987, 1991), and the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship (1992, 2001).

More than half a million people have come to the Metrodome to see concerts by major performers such as Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Guns N' Roses, Faith No More, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, George Strait, Tom Petty and The Grateful Dead.

There are 64,000 seats in the arena and 115 suites. Seating capacities are: 48,000 (baseball); 64,000 (football); 50,000 (basketball). The field can be converted from football to baseball in less than four hours. The pitcher’s mound, weighing 23,000 pounds, is powered by an electric motor and can be raised and lowered at the push of a button.

The Dome is infamous for its fan noise level. Baseball fans around the country will remember the moment during the late innings of Game 6 of the 1987 Minnesota Twins-St. Louis Cardinals World Series when ABC-TV's decibel meter broke because of the mind-numbing fan roar.

Unique in design and legendary for noise level, the Metrodome is a staple in the Minneapolis skyline. Hosting the Vikings, Twins and Gophers is an honor to the Dome and a testament to the dedication of Minnesota sports fans and ticket holders everywhere.

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