Metrodome is the worst stadium in America, says Time Magazine [VIDEO]

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This is what $55 million would get you during the late 1970s.
Just a day before the Minnesota legislature approved a bill that will fund a new, nearly $1 billion Vikings stadium, Time Magazine named the Metrodome the worst stadium in the whole country.

And while many of us have fond memories of watching the Twins and the Vikes under a Teflon roof while sitting in uncomfortable blue plastic chairs, it's kinda hard to disagree with Time's assessment, isn't it?

Built for $55 million -- approximately one-twentieth of what the new Vikes stadium will cost -- and opened in 1982, the Metrodome was never intended to be anything special. One Dome official said the Metrodome was simply designed to "get fans in, let 'em see a game, and let 'em go home."

Here's what Time thinks about the Dome:
You might not think that public money should be used to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. But there's little doubt the Metrodome has seen better days. The stadium first opened in 1982, as a state-of-the-art facility that would keep the Twins and Vikings out of the cold. After staid domes fell out of favor, the Twins left for fresh air back after the 2009 season; they now play at Target Field. Football is a more acceptable indoor sport. But not at the Metrodome, especially after the roof collapsed under a snowstorm in 2010.
Ah yes, the good ol' Dome collapse. In case the past six months caused you to forget what a real Minnesota winter is like, here's the video from that December 2010 morning:

And if you're curious, here's the full rundown of Time's top ten worst stadiums list:

10. Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles
9. U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
8. Fenway Park, Boston
7. Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
6. Candlestick Park, San Francisco
5. O.Co Coliseum, Oakland
4. Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
3. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay
2. Nassau Coliseum, Long Island
1. The house that Kirby Puckett built

Fenway Park, eighth-worst stadium? Time's Sean Gregory must've been smoking something when he came up with that part of the list... and then sobered up before devising the three-through-one rankings, because Tropicana, Nassau, and the Dome are widely agreed to be three of the least-pleasant facilities in American professional sports.
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mark.pignotti
mark.pignotti

I was just at the metrodome for the bears vikings game.  I am from Chicago.  I agree, it really was a dump.  It was poorly designed too.  I had 9th row seats and had to walk up 30-40 stairs each time I had to go to the concourse.  I had my 2 small sons with me and we made many trips.  The bathrooms were tiny and the food was terrible.  The concourses were really narrow too.  Hard to believe this was built as recently as 1982.  That should nto be considered old.

I also went to the Edward Jones Dome recently.  I thought it was very very nice.  Great amenities, facilities, ease in and out, decent views (seats a bit far back from field though).  I am suprised it made the top 10 worst.  Wrigley should be on that list.  Its a toilet.

Guest
Guest

Just to be clear, Kirby Puckett made his MLB debut in 1984 and the Metrodome was built in 1981 (or 1982).  Not exactly accurate to call it the "house that Kirby Puckett built."

Isaac Anthony
Isaac Anthony

Obviously the writer has not been to Oakland.

Meanmark
Meanmark

Now rank the NFL teams in order from best to worst and see how that correlates.

Trying to be reasonable
Trying to be reasonable

Building a dome like that in 1982 was like buying a pair of parachute pants on the very last day they were fashionable.  It was outdated only a few years after the doors opened.  Acceptable for baseball, if only for the Twins memories, but horrid for football.  And don't forget the echo that almost ruined shows like Pink Floyd and Sir Paul. 

Oops
Oops

[Built] for 55 million.

Joe
Joe

I wonder how much Wilf paid the magazine for that listing...

TheBlob
TheBlob

noooooo shit.

only good thing about the dome is the dome dogs, and those are portable.

Guest
Guest

Was at that Pink Floyd show, plus Grateful Dead/Dylan. Couldn't understand a word  those crazy kids were singing. Preview of middle age when I was 21.

What
What

 Yep, this is obvious public relations bullshit.

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