Stadium Opened: 1982
Dimensions: LF- 343 ft. CF- 408 ft. RF- 327 ft.
Surface: Artificial Turf
Former Names of Ballpark: None
Demolition of the stadium began on January 18, 2014
Location: The Metrodome, whichreplaced Metropolitan Stadium in 1982 is located in the "Industry Square" section of downtown Minneapolis. There is a train station a block or two from the ballpark. The area around the ballpark never materialized, there were few restaurants and bars for fans to go to. When I stopped by the Metrodome in 2010 (after the Twins had moved to Target Field), it seemed like it was a very desolate part of the city. Hopefully it was a little livelier when the Twins played here.
Inside: The Metrodome is not as bright inside as Tropicana Field. It did feel a little dark and dingy inside, but not too bad. Championship banners and banners of Twins players still hung inside the ballpark when I was here seeing a college baseball game. There was also still a Twins logo on the field behind home plate. As far as the slope of the seating bowl, sightlines appeared to be very good. No problem seeing over the person in front of you. The one major complaint I have heard is that fans really have to turn their neck to see home plate from seats down the baselines. To me, slope is very important and it appears that they got that part right....better than a lot of ballparks.
Roof/Dome: The Metrodome's roof is air-supported. Fans enter the Metrodome through revolving doors to keep the air in, otherwise the seal would be broken and the air would not stay in as well. A blizzard on December 11, 2010 caused the roof to collapse. The roof was repaired in the Summer of 2011.
Concourse: The concourse was dark. I was not able to walk through the entire concourse area because it was blocked off but I think I got enough of a feel for it.
Photos were taken in May 2010
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