OUR VIEW: Goodbye (and good riddance) to Metrodome
The Minnesota Vikings closed the Metrodome era Sunday with their 14-13 win over Detroit. The lukewarm victory — the Vikings aren’t very good, after all — seems like a fitting way to shutter the building, which was supposed to revolutionize Minnesota sports but which only seemed to draw derision during its three decades of use.
Does anyone remember attending games at the dome before air conditioning was installed? We do, and luckily, our youthful enthusiasm for the place probably overrode the misery of sweating during those stifling early games.
Will anyone miss the terrible congestion in the concourse area, around the concessions stands? We won’t soon forget how difficult it was to maneuver in those tight quarters, shared with 50,000 other fans who also wanted to get a cool drink at the same time. Who was responsible for that design, anyway?
Can anyone ever miss the under-accommodating bathrooms? The lines to the bathrooms usually spilled into the concourses, where thousands already waited in line for Domedogs.
No more craning of the neck to see the action, and no more steep staircases without rails.
Ah, the Metrodome.
We must admit there were some things about the dome that we thoroughly loved, including the knowledge that a five-hour drive would not be wasted due to a quickly-developing storm.
Perhaps the best thing about the Metrodome is how it closed with a Mitchell-area flair. When the dome was built, it would have been unbelievable to imagine that it would close with two players from our region on the field, facing each other in an NFL game. Yet there they were, Chad Greenway of the Vikings and Riley Reiff of the Lions, crashing heads as this unique era comes to a close.
Although people someday will recall fond memories of the place, nobody really will miss the Metrodome. Its time was up, and the Twins, Vikings and Gophers all knew it.
Yet we will always appreciate the great things that happened there, including that great day in December 2013 when a couple of hometown boys helped put the finishing touches on that odd, crowded building.