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12 Duke’s victory in the 1992 Final Four, the first of two NCAA championship basketball games played at the Dome. The Blue Devils defeated Michigan’s fabled Fab Five.


13 Herschel Walker’s first carry as a Viking, a 47-yarder against the Packers in which he lost his right shoe. He had 148 yards on 18 carries, but it was mostly downhill from there for Walker, who had been acquired in a blockbuster deal with Dallas that is roundly regarded as the worst trade in Minnesota sporting history.


14 The big stage provided by hosting Super Bowl XXVI on Jan. 26, 1992, although the memory is diminished by Washington’s one-sided, 37-24 victory over Buffalo. The Redskins had a 24-0 lead early in the third quarter in a game best remembered for Thurman Thomas missing his team’s first two plays because he couldn’t find his helmet.

15 The Minnesota Strikers defeated Tampa Bay 1-0 on May 28, 1984, in front of 52,621 — the largest soccer crowd in state history.


16 The 1985 MLB All-Star Game, enabling the Dome the claim the distinction of being the only facility to host a World Series, Super Bowl, Final Four and MLB All-Star Game.


17 Lou Holtz re-energizing the Gophers fan base, attracting 62,446 to watch the Gophers lose a tough 13-7 game to No. 3-ranked Oklahoma in the third game of the 1985 season.


18 The Vikings looked like a Super Bowl team when they dismantled Dallas 34-3 on Jan. 17, 2010, when Brett Favre threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Sidney Rice. It’s the last playoff victory for the Vikings — and definitely the last one ever at the Dome.


19 While the Dome was mocked in some circles, not so by high school football players, who viewed the Metrodome as a mecca for the annual Prep Bowl. The move to the Dome in 1982 provided a huge boost to the quality of high school football in the state. In perhaps the greatest Prep Bowl game, Blaine’s Tommy Newman scored on a two-point conversion with two seconds left for a 25-24 victory over Cretin-Derham Hall in 1988. Cretin’s quarterback, Chris Weinke, would go on to win the Heisman Trophy at Florida State.


20 Chris Darkins rushed for a Gophers-record 294 yards in a 39-38 victory over Purdue in the 1995 Big Ten opener.

21 Dwyane Wade’s emergence on a national stage, becoming the fourth player to record a triple-double in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament as he led Marquette to an 83-69 upset of No. 1 Kentucky in the 2003 Midwest Regional final. Wade had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

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  • Vikings vs Atlanta for the NFC Championship at the Metrodome 1/17/99 -- After getting, what he thought was a late hit, Gary Anderson watches his kick miss the mark in the 4th quarter. His first miss of the year, and no doubt his most important.

  • Kirby Puckett celebrated the Twins’ second World Series championship in 1991.

  • Dave Winfield played late in his pro baseball career with the Minnesota Twins. Here, Winfield acknowledges the Metrodome crowd after getting his 3,000th career hit, Thurs Sept 16, 1993. Earlier in the game, Winfield got his 2,999th hit. In August 2001, Winfield was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Star Tribune photo by Bruce Bisping.

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Miami - LP: B. Morris 4 FINAL
Washington - WP: M. Grace 6
NY Yankees - LP: C. Martin 1 FINAL
Toronto - WP: R. Dickey 3
Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang 5 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 2
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 5 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Los Angeles - LP: C. Hatcher 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek 4
Chicago Cubs 8 Bottom 7th Inning
St. Louis 6
Oakland 6 Bottom 8th Inning
Minnesota 8
Texas - WP: K. Kela 2 FINAL
Houston - LP: C. Qualls 1
Arizona 0 Delayed
Colorado 0
Seattle 0 Bottom 4th Inning
LA Angels 0
San Diego 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Francisco 0
Chicago 99 FINAL
Cleveland 92
LA Clippers 46 3rd Qtr
Houston 50
NY Rangers 0 FINAL
Washington 1
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