For 27 years, the Minnesota Twins called the The Metrodome home before moving to the Target Field for the 2010 season. And now that the Minnesota Vikings are constructing their own, new stadium, the Metrodome is officially doomed. In fact, it’s scheduled to be demolished in a couple of months, after the Vikings complete their 2013-2014 season.
With the end approaching, a renewed effort to remember the Metrodome has commenced. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which operates the ballpark, will be auctioning off pieces of and memorabilia from the legendary domed stadium, and the first items for auction are currently up for bid.
Among these initial auction items is the pitchers mound that was used for the 2004 through 2010 seasons.
It’s expected that more items, such as stadium seats and turf, will go up for bid after the Vikings have finished playing and as the stadium is disassembled. Officials have indicated that the auctions are intended, not as a money maker, but as a means to cover the costs of disassembly. Regardless of the intended purpose, the auction stirs up fond memories of one of the most recognizable sports facilities of the last 30 years.
Here are some of the most memorable Metrodome moments for me:
The Twins win their first World Series in 1987. The melancholy this Game 7 victory brought to the opposing St. Louis Cardinals only made this moment more thrilling for me (sorry, I couldn’t resist).
Back in the World Series in 1991, Kirby Puckett climbs the plexiglass to rob Ron Gant of an extra base hit in Game 6.
Puckett then sends the Series to Game 7 with a walk-off home run that sparked this legendary call from announcer Jack Buck (which, as you’ll hear in the second half of the video, was touchingly echoed by his son Joe 20 years later).
Then, in Game 7 Gene Larkin hits a walk-off single in the 10th inning to win the World Series. The crowd reaction was incredible. When Minnesota was rolling the Metrodome absolutely was one of the loudest ballparks that I can remember.