Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982-2008)


The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, home of Golden Gopher from 1982-2008, was the nation's largest air-supported, multiple-use facility. It was the site of two World Series, a Super Bowl and two NCAA Final Fours.

In addition to serving as a home facility for the Golden Gophers, the Metrodome was home to the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins. In 1989, it served as home to the Timberwolves, who set the all-time NBA attendance record in their inaugural season.

The Metrodome was located in downtown Minneapolis, just minutes away from the University campus. Its seating capacity was 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 in 2008. A stadium record 65,184 attended the Minnesota-Iowa game in 2002.

The noise generated by nearly 65,000 fans gave the Metrodome a nickname: The ThunderDome. Baseball fans around the country 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, was financially self-supporting. It was the only public stadium in the country that did not rely on a continuing tax subsidy to finance operations, maintenance or debt payments.

The Metrodome was covered by more than 10 acres of Teflon-coated fiberglass. It was the only air-supported dome of its kind in the country, and fans entered the stadium through revolving doors that prevented release of the air that kept the dome upright. The roof required 250,000 cubic feet of air pressure per minute to remain inflated. In all, the Metrodome cost less than $75 million dollars to build..

Metrodome Attendance
Capacity: 62,218 (1982-90) / 64,172 (1991-2008)
Year Att. Gm. Largest Crowd Avg.
1982 353,388 6 Iowa (63,872) 58,898
1983 243,674 5 Wisconsin (62,689) 48,735
1984 310,745 6 Iowa (63,479) 51,791
1985 426,989 7 Wisconsin (64,571) 60,985
1986 335,150 6 Iowa (65,018) 55,848
1987 371,919 7 Wisconsin (62,412) 53,131
1988 312,656 7 Iowa (63,894) 44,665
1989 237,642 6 Nebraska (58,368) 39,607
1990 243,511 6 Iowa (64,694) 40,585
1991 218,219 6 San Jose State (47,914) 36,369
1992 227,445 6 Iowa (57,368) 37,908
1993 239,973 6 Wisconsin (64,798) 39,996
1994 253,851 6 Iowa (53,340) 42,309
1995 291,443 6 Wisconsin (64,016) 48,574
1996 261,113 6 Iowa (53,349) 43,519
1997 269,385 6 Wisconsin (57,563) 44,898
1998 249,854 6 Iowa (50,640) 41,642
1999 318,086 7 Wisconsin (63,108) 45,441
2000 284,112 6 Northwestern (59,004) 47,352
2001 260,912 6 Wisconsin (55,890) 43,485
2002 292,492 7 Iowa (65,184) 41,785
2003 309,038 7 Michigan (62,374) 44,148
2004 285,438 6 Iowa (64,719) 47,573
2005 294,147 6 Wisconsin (65,089) 49,024
2006 313,239 6 Iowa (64,140) 52,206
2007 362,538 7 North Dakota State (63,088) 51,791
2008 342,705 7 Iowa (64,071) 48,958

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