If you don’t count the film “Little Big League,” was there ever a more magical two-day stretch in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome than Oct. 5-6, 2009? First Brett Favre switches jerseys and tames the hated Green Bay Packers, then they take a few hours to sweep the place out and people file in to do it all over again, the Twins winning a one-game playoff with the Tigers in 12 innings, 6-5.
It wasn’t exactly Rio after winning the 2016 Olympics, but it was about as raucous as Minnesotans get. And we shall never see its likes again: The Twins are gone to a new, open-air home next season, the Vikings left to share the dome with the occasional garden expo and Promise Keepers evangelical Christian service.
Even the Vikings will likely be gone after their lease runs out in 2013, leaving Minnesotans with nothing but 30 years of memories of the last multipurpose facility built in the U.S.
Fans got their first look at the dome during its opening ceremonies, and the Twins made their dome debut with in their home opener with the Mariners on April 6, 1982.
“I remember the first game somebody threw a cherry bomb on the field as a statement in protest to moving the game of baseball indoors,” said Twins Broadcaster Dick Bremer. “So it did not come without controversy.”
And it did not come without criticism. Bud Selig, Major League Baseball commissioner, called the Metrodome “strange.” Tony La Russa, then managing the Chicago White Sox, said it was a “disgrace to baseball.”
But in the end, they were wrong, as we all saw on Tuesday night.
First the University of Minnesota moved to TCF Bank Stadium, making hot Metrodome Golden Gopher restroom sex a thing of the past. Now, after perhaps a handful playoff games, baseball is gone as well. Never again will there be an awesome back-to-back indoor party featuring America’s two most popular sports. Goodbye, dome. You will be missed, dontcha know.