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Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
The Metrodome, Mall of America Field, The Homerdome, The Dome, The Thunderdome
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Location 900 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Coordinates 44°58′26″N 93°15′29″W / 44.97389°N 93.25806°W / 44.97389; -93.25806Coordinates: 44°58′26″N 93°15′29″W / 44.97389°N 93.25806°W / 44.97389; -93.25806
Broke ground December 20, 1979
Opened April 3, 1982
Closed December 29, 2013
Demolished January 18, 2014 - (in progress)
Owner Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission of Minnesota
Surface Sportexe (2010-2013)
FieldTurf (2004-2010)
AstroTurf (1987-2003)
SuperTurf (1982-1986)
Construction cost $68 million
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Capacity

Baseball: 46,564 (expandable to 55,883)
American football: 64,111

Basketball: 50,000
Field dimensions Left Field: - 343 ft (105 m)
Left-Center: - 385 ft (117 m)
Center Field: - 408 ft (124 m)
Right-Center: - 367 ft (112 m)
Right Field: - 327 ft (100 m)
Backstop: - 60 ft (18 m)
Dome Apex: - 186 ft (57 m)
Wall: - 7 feet (left and center field)
Wall: - 23 feet (right field)
Tenants
Minnesota Vikings (NFL) (1982–2013)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA baseball)
(occasional games 1985–2013)
Minnesota Twins (MLB) (1982–2009)
Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA football) (1982 – 2008)
Minnesota Strikers (NASL) (1984)
Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) (1989–1990)
Super Bowl XXVI (1992)
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
(1986, 1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009)

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, often simply called The Metrodome, was a domed sports stadium in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The field was renamed Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in October 2009. Opened in 1982, it replaced Metropolitan Stadium, which was on the current site of the Mall of America in Bloomington (which, beginning a three year deal on October 5, 2009, now holds naming rights for the Metrodome's field), and Memorial Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. The Metrodome was home to the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings, and in its last years was also sometimes used by the Big Ten's Minnesota Golden Gophers baseball team. The stadium was also the home of the Minnesota Twins from 1982 to 2009 and the Golden Gophers football team from 1982 to 2008. The Twins now play at the nearby Target Field, while Golden Gophers football returned to campus at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings played their last game at the stadium on December 29, 2013. Demolition of the stadium began on January 18, 2014. A new stadium for the Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium, is being built on the site, and will open in 2016. During construction of the new stadium, the Vikings played at TCF Bank Stadium, located on the university's campus.

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