The Metrodome may be gone, but a piece of its football history lives on in another stadium. For more than 30 years, the goal of every high school football team in Minnesota was to make it to the Prep Bowl at the Metrodome.
The Minnesota Twins and the city of Minneapolis found new locations for the two streets commemorating the Twins’ Hall of Famers, Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew. Kirby Puckett Place and Rod Carew Drive will be relocated next to Target Field.
The Home Run Derby is Monday night at Target Field, returning to the city where it was born. That was at Minnesota’s last All-Star Game, at the Metrodome in 1985.
The MLB All-Star Game is coming to Minneapolis this year with events starting as early as Friday. It prompted us to ponder some of the great All-Star moments in history for the Twins organization.
This weekend likely isn’t Derek Jeter’s last time playing in Minnesota — he’s nearly a lock to make his 14th All-Star team here in a little more than a week. But it will be his last time playing against the Twins, with the future Hall of Famer announcing that this will be his final season.
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The Metrodome is no more. Project leaders for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium says the demolition of the team’s old home was formally completed Thursday. The final remnants were being trucked away a month ahead of schedule.
The Minnesota Vikings won’t have to wait long to break in TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings open the preseason at home against Oakland this season. Of course, home now means the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium after the Metrodome was dismantled over the winter. The Vikings will play the next two seasons at TCF while they wait for their new stadium to be constructed.
WCCO Radio of Minneapolis, Minnesota Public Radio and WDIO-TV of Duluth are among top winners in the 2013 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters Awards Contest. WCCO won for coverage of the legalization of gay marriage in Minnesota, affordable health care and the search for a 2-year-old western Wisconsin boy found dead in a locked trunk. WCCO also was cited for memories of the Metrodome, sports play-by-play, best newscast and website.
If the Metrodome’s demolition was like a Vikings football game, we’d be in the final few minutes of the last quarter. Anyone who has driven by the facility over the past few weeks has likely noticed the demolition is almost complete. “All we have left is to clear the site of the rubble,” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Wednesday that more than 80 percent of the Metrodome will be recycled as part of the ongoing demolition, which will finish up next month and is currently on schedule.
A piece of St. Paul history came down Sunday morning in dramatic fashion. Demolition crews brought down a towering smokestack as part of the ongoing demolition of the Island Station Power plant. After standing over the Mississippi riverfront for more than 90 years, the 280-foot smokestack crumbled in a matter of seconds.
The Minnesota Vikings spent more than a decade campaigning for public funding for a new stadium, finally winning the long, arduous struggle for state approval last spring.
Construction crews took a big step Sunday towards demolishing the Metrodome. Anyone in the downtown area may have heard a loud blast as explosives were used to take down a concrete ring beam inside the Dome.
The last remaining concrete ring beam at the Metrodome is scheduled to be demolished Sunday.