What they said about the Metrodome throughout the years

  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 1:14 PM

1982

“This is going to be the Taj Mahal of college football.” — Gophers football coach Joe Salem on preseason media day.

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“I’d go pick up my wife after the game and look at her and say, ‘What the hell happened to you?’ She had mascara running down her face, her blouse was soaking wet.” — Twins coach Rick Stelmaszek, on what the Dome was like before air conditioning was installed in 1983.

1984

“It’s like a triple play — something that you would tell to your grandchildren, about the ball that went up and never came back down … We were all standing around like it was ‘Candid Camera.’ ” — Twins second baseman Tim Teufel describing waiting for Dave Kingman’s towering pop-up that went through a 7-inch vent in the Dome’s roof and never came back down; Kingman was awarded a ground-rule double.

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“I don’t think there are any good uses for nuclear weapons. But this may provide one.” — Kansas City closer Dan Quisenberry, who only pitched 16 times in the Dome.

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“No doubt about it, the athletes want to play in the Dome. We’re going to own that sucker when we walk in there.” — Gophers football coach Lou Holtz in a speech to the University of Minnesota Regents, imploring the school sign a 27-year lease that left on-campus Memorial Stadium destined for the wrecking ball.

1985

“This park should be barred from baseball. … You win on fly balls or lose on fly balls. That’s not major league baseball, that’s amateur Little League. ... Why doesn’t [Twins owner Carl Pohlad] spend $100,000 and paint the ceiling so you can see the ball. What is he, a billionaire? Tell him they don’t put pockets in coffins. ... What a joke. ”— Yankees manager Billy Martin after his team lost to the Twins 8-6, with four of the Minnesota runs coming from fly balls being lost in the lights and roof.

1987

“A lot of tears were shed that night and a lot of confidence was built up on what our fans could do for us as a “10th man” at the ballpark. And BOY did it work.” — Twins great Kent Hrbek on the impromptu welcome home at the Dome that attracted an overflow crowd after the team’s ALCS triumph at Detroit.

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“They ought to nuke the place.” — St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog of his team’s seven-game World Series loss to the Twins in which all of Minnesota’s victories came in the Dome.

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“Indoor domes should be used for roller rinks.” — Bears coach Mike Ditka, who went on to rename the Dome “Rollerdome.” When the Bears next visited the Dome, fans were given towels reading “Rollerdome” and Vikings cheerleaders wore skates.

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