Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome – until 2013
|Country||United States of America|
|Last renovation year||2011|
|Cost||$ 55 million|
|Design||Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Setter, Leach & Lindstrom|
|Address||900 South 5 Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415|
In early 1970s Minnesota Vikings began lobbying for a new stadium. The outdated Metropolitan Stadium proved insufficient for the new demands. Plan was to erect an indoor arena with a then-revolutionary pneumatic membrane roof.
The stadium was able to hold 62,220 people upon opening in 1982, built at the price of $ 55 million. From its earliest days it hosted both American football and baseball games of Vikings (US football) and Golden Gophers and Twins (baseball). This combination was possible thanks to installation of telescopic stands in parts of the lower ring.
Over the years Minneapolis weather proved too much for the membrane roof, which suffered from several accidents. Most recent one took place in December 2010, when rips and wholes caused by heavy snowfall made the entire roof deflate and collapse, letting snow into the stadium. Its repairs took almost half a year and cost $18 million.
In 2013 the stadium was used by Minnesota Vikings (NFL), Minnesota United FC (football, NASL) and the Golden Gophers (baseball). Currently the stadium is closed and being demolished as the new Vikings Stadium is being built partly in the same location.
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Minneapolis: Only rubble left of Metrodome
Two implosions and gradual demolition of all remaining facilities – this is how Metrodome disappeared from the Minneapolis skyline within just two months. Ground works for the new stadium are half way done.
Minneapolis: Roof implosion carried out flawlessly
After long preparations it took only a few seconds to drop down the entire cable roof of Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. This marks the end of old stadium's cover and another phase of its demolition.
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After 32 years it's no longer a piece of Minneapolis skyline. The pneumatic roof of Metrodome was deflated yesterday as demolition of the stadium is nearing.
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