For more than three decades, the weekend after Thanksgiving has been special for high school football players. This weekend will be the last time the Prep Bowl will be held at the Metrodome. The venue is coming down to make way for a new Vikings stadium. For Noah Rockholl, the quarterback on last year’s football team, Friday is a special day. “You can drive through the streets of Underwood today and I guarantee you won’t see a single person or a car in the town,” Rockholl said. “The whole the whole town’s here.”
Some collectors are bringing the Metrodome’s old right field wall home after paying a combined $3,025 for pieces of the “Baggie.” A pair of 16-feet-high, 190-feet-long sections of the famed fence sold during an online auction that concluded Monday. One went for $2,025 and the other for $1,000. Together, the items drew 190 bids. When the Minnesota Twins played at the Metrodome from 1982-2009, left-handed hitters took aim at the dark blue wall that stood only 327 feet from home plate. To make up for the short distance, the fence was extended for a total height of 23 feet. When balls bounced off the wall, it rippled like a garbage bag, spawning the nickname.
The Metrodome is about to host what will likely be the last college football game played under the Teflon-topped stadium.
The groundbreaking for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority confirmed the date Tuesday. It’s the official start of construction on the nearly $1 billion football stadium that will be built at the current Metrodome site.
It’s time to place your bids on pieces of Metrodome history. An auction is underway on more than a dozen items used inside the dome. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authorities is selling off the contents through the state auction site. Demolition of the building is set for next year.
The high school football playoffs continue to advance at the Metrodome, with the number of teams dwindling down.
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Minnesota’s puffy-topped Metrodome that has hosted monster truck rallies, the Final Four and the Super Bowl will soon hold its final event. Ahead of its demolition, historians and others are sizing up what should be saved.
The State High School football semi-finals got underway at the Metrodome Thursday. As many of you know, this will be the last year the state tournament will be played at the Dome.
The Holy Angels football team has had their fair share of surprises this season. The Stars went just 3-and-5 on the regular season, lost their starting quarterback before last week’s game against Kasson-Mantorville and then they found a worthy back up who hardly had taken a snap.
There are 28 teams left in the state that still have a chance to be hoisting a state championship trophy the weekend after Thanksgiving. But half of those teams will leave the Metrodome heartbroken by the time the weekend is over.
Vikings have now doubled their win total!
The Minnesota American Indian movement announced Wednesday it’s planning a march downtown Thursday before the Vikings play the Washington Redskins at the Metrodome. The group also took legal action Wednesday, petitioning the state to look at stopping funding for the new Vikings stadium if the word “Redskins” is going to be used there.
Can the Vikings get a statement win on Thursday Night?
The public authority in charge of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is tying up loose ends before construction can get underway next month. The head of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Friday that the project is “beginning to move at lightning speed” as the mid-November groundbreaking. Next week a key pricing report is due from the lead contractor that could reflect cost pressures on the $975 million stadium. The Vikings must certify their $477 million share for the project by early November. Soon after, the state will sell bonds toward the $477 million public contribution.
Only five home games remain on the Vikings schedule this year. And unless the Vikes go to the playoff, that’s how much time is left for the Metrodome. The Dome will be torn down to make way for the Vikings’ new home. And it’s a very tight timeline between now and 2016, when the Vikes move into their new stadium. Michele Kelm-Helgen, the head of the state commission overseeing new stadium construction, says people shouldn’t expect a dramatic, dusty knockdown in Feb. of 2014.
The Vikings aren’t the only ones affected by the closing of the Metrodome. The Rollerblade Rollerdome has welcomed more than 850,000 in-line skaters since 1990. Saturday was its 24th and final season opener. In the video above, WCCO photojournalist David Porter shows us the fans who are savoring some of their final spins around the stadium.
Dave asks Mike who will start at QB next week for Minnesota.
Cam Newton threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the Panthers romped past Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings 35-10 on Sunday.
In a place where cheering and rallying are usually heard outside the Metrodome was silent for a candlelight vigil Saturday night. “We just feel really bad about the situation and we want to just support Adrian and his family,” said Megan Tamkey from Minneapolis. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son died Friday, allegedly from child abuse by his mother’s boyfriend. “I was devastated,” Teddie McKinley from Roseville said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
A candlelight vigil is set for 8 p.m. Saturday outside the Metrodome in honor of Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son, who died after allegedly being abused by his mother’s boyfriend, according to Sioux Falls police.
One team that makes the WCCO High School Sports Rally highlights often is South St. Paul. The Packers are unbeaten (6-0), ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, and have a senior class and passing combination that makes the Metrodome the obvious goal.
A long-running dispute over the name of the Washington NFL franchise has flared up in Minnesota, where the construction of a new stadium for the Vikings has provided an entree for American Indian groups and supporters who consider the Redskins name and logo racist.
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Since 2005, the NFL has hosted an International Series by having a regular season game played outside of the United States. The first game in London was played in 2007 when the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10.