Built in 1982 to house Minnesota sports teams the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, and University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, as well as various high school teams during high school play-offs, it has also hosted Superbowl XXVI, the 1987 and 1991 World Series and the NCAA Final Four in 1992 and 2001. Situated on the eastern side of downtown Minneapolis the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome when first constructed was considered state-of-the-art and was built in order to replace the aging Metropolitan Stadium, which was located in Bloomington, MN. The Metrodome is most recogized as the home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings. Many record setting events have occurred in the Metrodome including Tony Dorsett's longest run from scrimmage against the Vikings in 1983, Brett Favre's record for touchdowns in 2007, Adrian Peterson's record of rushing yards in 2007 and Gus Frerotte's record 99 yard touchdown to Bernard Berrian in 2008; one of only a handful in NFL history. The Metrodome is the NFL's lowest income generating stadium and seats only about 64,111 seats. The dome's Teflon roof has deflated due to weather issues five times, most recently in December 2010 when the roof suffered catastrophic failure due to a severe blizzard which delivered 17 inches or more to the Minneapolis metro area. The incident was caught on video in dramatic fashion and forced the Vikings to move their "home" game against the Giants to Detroit's Ford Field the following Monday night.
by Vikings_fan_1982 December 15, 2010