Timeline: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

  • Updated: March 10, 2012 - 7:47 PM

TIMELINE: HUBERT H. HUMPHREY METRODOME

1979

Construction on the Metrodome began on Dec. 20. The stadium was funded by a limited hotel-motel and liquor tax, local business donations and payments within a special tax district near the stadium site.

1980

In January, bulldozers encounter a 250,000-pound piece of granite. It's moved to Plymouth and dubbed "Plymouth Rock."

1981

In October, the Dome is inflated. But in November, the roof collapses under 10 inches of snow.

1982

The Metrodome opens, replacing Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington and Memorial Stadium at the University of Minnesota. Building cost was $68 million--about $2 million under budget. The name was in memory of former Minneapolis mayor and U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey. The Twins play their first game there on April 6.

In December, the Dome roof falls after snow slides against a large snow-removal bucket and a resulting 3-foot gash grows.

1983

In April, wet, heavy snow deflates the roof; four-day repair results in postponement of a baseball game.

1986

An April Twins-Angels game is halted briefly when high winds rip two holes in the Dome's inner roof.

2009

Naming rights purchased for "Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome."

Twins play last game at the Dome.

2010

On Dec. 12, Dome roof collapses after a snowstorm. Vikings-Bears game is moved to TCF Bank Stadium at U of M.

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