Met Stadium demolished by fans: Video of what officials don't want to happen at Metrodome

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Officials vow the Metrodome's goalposts will remain intact following Sunday's finale.
On December 20, 1980, the Vikings played their last game at Bloomington's Metropolitan Stadium. Fittingly, they lost. As the final gun sounded, hordes of fans, some of them seemingly dressed for trips to the disco that night, descended from the bleachers and began to dismantle the stadium with their bare hands.

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They pulled down goalposts and took off with anything they could. Nine were arrested.

Here's the footage:



As you'd imagine, Zygi and Janeé are hoping to do a better job maintaining law and order this Sunday when the Vikings play their final game at the Metrodome. Toward that end, the Star Tribune reports that in addition to beefed-up NFL and team security, the MPD is hiring nearly twice as many off-duty cops to work the game as they normally do.

"Basically, nothing is coming out of that building," Jenn Hathaway, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, told the Strib.

That doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun, but you know what is? This image of the Minneapolis skyline screengrabbed from NBC's coverage of the final game at Met Stadium, back when the Capella and Wells Fargo towers were just some architect's pipe-dream:

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Wow, what a difference 33 years made!

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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caroleh
caroleh

How do I get a piece of the dome???

David Kay
David Kay

Oh, bloody fsking hell. Let the freaking fans take what they paid for.

Blake Anderson
Blake Anderson

Sounds like a challenge to me! I won't be there and I don't advocate the tearing down of the goal posts but an inflammatory taunt like this is just hysterical. I don't in any way mean to criticize CP for this as it is an important story and they should report on official's hubris.

Jesse Spalding
Jesse Spalding

They take down the posts every year, who cares? What about home plate? That's what really matters.

Bob Heales
Bob Heales

Doesn't seem like that long ago.

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

Just keep the Iowa fans away...LOL

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Regardless, the Return On Investment for public facilities is usually very profitable. While the new facility obviously costs much more than the improvements to the Target Center, the ROI for that project will be 100%+ in less than 2 years. This is entirely off-topic, though - Aaron's article is about ssecurity, not cost. I apologize for even bringing it up.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

The Wilf's added another huge chunk of change after this article was published, in order to guarantee a part of the design to be included (I believe this is the windows), which did not change the actual cost - the State didn't want to pay for it, so Wilf's added that to their tab.

Jim Beekman
Jim Beekman

What do the Minnesota Vikings and Disco have in common? They both were hot in the 1970s and they both suck now!!!

ttoms
ttoms

Was anyone seriously injured? That looked like a dangerous (& alcohol-fueled) frenzy! Plus I'm sure anger/dismay for losing the final game! There's no memento worth risking my life for!

Terry Walsh
Terry Walsh

I got the Y from the scoreboard, but I can't see it on the video. I was too little to mess with the goalposts.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Lots of drunk white people in this video. It wasn't torn down for a couple of years after this so we broke in (crawled through a hole in the fence) and grabbed a few mementos. Must have been '82.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Oh, geez - like the Dome wasn't needed! If you think the Dome is a dump you're probably too young to remember the Met - which was nothing more than a large erector set with bench seats in the outfield and wooden seats elsewhere. I don't think it had a single elevator. Rather, you'd climb 8 stories of stairs (exposed to the weather, of course) and a winding ramp was eventually added. When it was originally built there weren't even any seats in left or center field. These were hastily added in order to secure the deal to move the NY Senators to the venue. While it was built, originally ("Phase I") in '57 it was effectively used as a professional sports venue for just over 20 years. The Dome, meanwhile, has been used for 33 years (Spring '81 - December '03) and IS a dump. I've worked there for various events since '89 and it was a dump then, and no improvements other than new turf - and a couple new roofs - have been added. Those who wish to argue that a replacement is not needed have lost that battle. Those who argue that "the 'Taxpayers' are paying for a billionaires temple" REALLY need to do some more research, and realize that public funding will pay for just about 40% (at last look) of the construction (with owners and NFL picking up the rest), with a guaranteed return on investment. If you don't like it, DON'T GO!!!

Marion Dooley
Marion Dooley

I've watched this a few times. It was a great day for five finger discounts that cold December day!

Liám Pádraig Watkins
Liám Pádraig Watkins

So the vikings even sucked way back then!? ...Lets build them another stadium guys! Here have our tax money, its not like we have something better to spend it on.

cp-enthusiast
cp-enthusiast

Nah, disco will never suck as bad as the Vikings.

Dean131
Dean131

Back in '82 I could throw a football a quarter-mile.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

What does the fact that they are white have to do with anything? Or does every single little thing in your life have to be a race issue?

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

You are not a sports fan. Vikings haven't always sucked.  This isn't about just the Vikings, It's about having a facility that will house events, This brings money to the city.  This also brings, like the Twins stadium, tourism.  Nobody is coming to Minneapolis to watch you complain.  So Stadium wins.

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