Met Stadium memories

Earlier this week we brought you photos and stories from the opening of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in 1982. While we were digging up those photos, we came across a bunch of photos of its predecessor, Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Here are a few:

 Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles, September 14, 1980 – a 42-7 loss – at Metropolitan Stadium. (News-Tribune file photo)

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A soccer match at Metropolitan Stadium, circa late 1970s. It illustrated a 1980 season preview for the Minnesota Kicks, but the caption does not make clear if the photo is in fact of the Kicks from a prior season. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)

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Fans tailgate outside Metropolitan Stadium prior to a game (possibly Twins) on June 7, 1979. (Duluth Herald file photo)

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A vendor pours a couple of Olympia beers – price $1 each – during a game (possibly Twins) at Metropolitan Stadium on June 7, 1979. (Duluth Herald file photo)

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Thousands of fans head onto the field at Metropolitan Stadium after the stadium’s last game – a 10-6 Vikings loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 1981. (Charles Curtis / News-Tribune)

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Fans tear off pieces of the Metropolitan Stadium scoreboard after the last game ever played at the facility – a Minnesota Vikings loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 1981. (Joey McLeister / News-Tribune)

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Fans tear off pieces of the Metropolitan Stadium scoreboard after the last game ever played at the facility – a Minnesota Vikings loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 1981. (Joey McLeister / News-Tribune)

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The "Old Met" sits empty on April 4, 1982 – as the Twins prepare for their first Opening Day in the new Metrodome. (Jack Rendulich / News-Tribune)

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Met Stadium lingered on, abandoned, for a few years before it was torn down in 1985. The site of the stadium is now occupied by the Mall of America. For more on the history of Metropolitan Stadium, click here.

Share your memories of Met Stadium by posting a comment.

- Andrew Krueger

5 thoughts on “Met Stadium memories

  1. I was there for the last game between Kansas City and the Vikings. Got many pictures to prove it. Somebody in the stands brought a snowshovel and passed it around so we could clean off our seats. I have a seat today in my possession and the pennant and tickets attached to it. What great memories! Tommy Kramer got picked up on the Bloomington strip the late night before the game and his performance showed it. The Vikes lost that day. Thanks for the memories.

  2. I took my brother-in-law from White Bear Lake to what I believe was his first major league baseball game here. The Twins were playing the Red Sox and naturally, I was about the only guy in the place cheering for the visitors. A Twins fan, behind us a few rows, and I got into some good natured bantering during the game, much to the consternation of my brother-in-law, a computer specialist who ended up vice-president of Unisis and NOT a sports fan (except for the ponies). I explained this kind of thing goes on at every game, but as the game wore on, he kept sliding lower and lower in his seat. At one point he suggested we leave early to avoid a confrontation but I told him there was no need. After the last out, I started UP the aisle to find my protagonist. My brother-in-law stared at me like I was nuts. I found him, we shook hands, introduced ourselves and had a nice conversation about the game, where we lived, our families, etc. After about a 20 minute conversation, we parted on went on our separate ways. All my brother-in-law could do was shake his head.

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