Get up close to the death of an NFL stadium — The destruction of the Metrodome in 25 pictures

The Minnesota Vikings will spend the next 2 years playing at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium while their new stadium is being built. Even while the NFL’s newest stadium is being constructed, the place the Vikings called home for 31 years is still being torn down.

These photos show the death of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, the only place to host the World Series, MLB All-Star Game, NCAA basketball’s Final Four, and a Super Bowl.

First, there was the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place December 3, 2013, with 2 games still left to be played at the adjacent Metrodome…

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The day after the Vikings’ season ended, the dismantling of the Metrodome began, starting with tearing out the seats, which you could buy for $60 apiece if you wanted a bit of nostalgic if uncomfortable furniture…

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Then they rolled up the turf…

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…and chipped away at the entrances…

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On Saturday, January 18, the roof came down — this time on purpose. It just 35 minutes to deflate…

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Metrodome Deflation

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Crews soon got to work removing the remaining remnants of a once prominent multi-purpose stadium…

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The new state-of-the-art stadium will have a roof and will host football games, but that’s just about the only similarity between the new age structure and the utilitarian, concrete bunker it’s replacing…

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On Sunday, February 2, the cables holding the last remnants of the Metrodome’s roof in place were severed by a number of small explosive detonations, leaving Minnesotans with nothing more than a gaping hole to remind them of the glory years of Kirby Puckett, Daunte Culpepper, and roaring monster truck rallies…

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(via Vikings, @NachoInMPLS, Minnesota Public Radio, Grand Forks Herald, ESPN)

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  1. “Remaining remnants” seems a little repetitively redundant ;)My favorite memory in the Dome was attending Games 3 & 4 of the 2002 ALDS. But given how nice Target Field is and how good the new Vikings’ stadium looks like it will be, I don’t think the HHH will be missed for that long.

  2. I bet you those silly office workers with the shovels of dirt wouldn’t be smiling as much if they actually had to do that more than once…

Get up close to the death of an NFL stadium — The destruction of the Metrodome in 25 pictures

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