Metrodome’s Teflon roof in the process of being deflated (photo)
After 32 years — and an unplanned collapse in December 2010 due to massive snowstorm that prompted a re-inflation following a subsequent repair and replacement — the Teflon-coated fiberglass roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome — the home of the Minnesota Vikings since 1982 (as well as the Gophers and Minnesota Twins for an extended period) was deflated on Saturday morning.
Inclement weather — mainly due to winds — nearly caused the deflation to be delayed, but as you can see above, the garish roof that sat atop an equally garish stadium has been allowed to cave, much like the hopes of many a Minnesota Vikings fan during so-close-yet-so-far bids to make it back to the Super Bowl during the team’s time in the Dome.
The Vikings plan to play the next two seasons at TCF Bank Stadium — the home of the Minnesota Gophers football team — as the Metrodome is razed and a brand-new stadium is erected on the site.
But it’s an end of an era. The Twins moved on years ago to the sparkling jewel of a ballpark that is Target Field. The Gophers moved to the classier environs in the above-mentioned TCF Bank Stadium a few years ago as well.
And now, the final tenant of the Dome — save for the rumored overabundance of rats that roam the cavernous underbelly of the decrepit stadium — the Vikings, are moving on as well.
While there have been good memories, namely the Twins’ winning two World Series titles on its turf playing surface, most Minnesotans won’t miss the Dome one iota.
And still, it’s somewhat a melancholy feeling this Minnesotan feels seeing the old thing begin to undergo its demolition.
It was a good run. We’ll miss ya, Dome. Just not a whole bunch is all. Don’t take it personally.
(A webcam has been set up to document the roof’s deflation … if interested, it can be viewed here)