Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982-2008)
The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, home of Golden Gopher from 1982-2008, is the nation's largest air-supported, multiple-use facility. It has been the site of two World Series, a Super Bowl and two NCAA Final Fours. The Metrodome continues to be utilized by the Gopher baseball and softball teams.
In addition to serving as a home facility for the Golden Gophers, the Metrodome is home to the Minnesota Vikings and and the former home of the Minnesota Twins. In 1989, it also served as home to the Timberwolves, who set the all-time NBA attendance record in their inaugural season.
The Metrodome is located in downtown Minneapolis, just minutes away from the University campus. Its seating capacity is listed at 64,172, but more than 65,000 fans have packed the place for Minnesota football, including a crowd of 65,089 for the game against border-rival Wisconsin last season. A stadium record 65,184 attended the Minnesota-Iowa game in 2002.
The noise generated by nearly 65,000 fans has given the Metrodome a nickname: The ThunderDome. Baseball fans around the country will remember the moment during the late innings of Game 6 of the 1987 Minnesota Twins-St. Louis Cardinals World Series when ABC-TV's decibel meter broke because of the mind-numbing roar which bordered on illegal.About the Dome
The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which opened in 1982, is financially self-supporting. It is the only public stadium in the country that does not rely on a continuing tax subsidy to finance operations, maintenance or debt payments.
The Metrodome is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC), but is home to the Minnesota Golden Gopher baseball and softball teams, the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings and Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins.
The Metrodome is covered by more than 10 acres of Teflon-coated fiberglass. It is the only air-supported dome of its kind in the country, and fans enter the stadium through revolving doors that prevent release of the air that keeps the dome upright. The roof requires 250,000 cubic feet of air pressure per minute to remain inflated. In all, the Metrodome cost less than $75 million dollars to build..