“The baskets kind of stick out of the middle of nowhere. ... I think if you play good defense, you can contain perimeter shooting in the Dome.” — Timberwolves coach Bill Musselman, talking about a possible home court edge for his team before its first — and only — season in the Dome.
“I think it’s very difficult on the opponent. I think [new owner] Red McCombs felt he wanted a noisy stadium. As a dome team, that gives you an advantage. All the good teams have noisy stadiums.” — Vikings coach Dennis Green of the Dome as his team finished 15-1.
“It can get loud with 40,000 to 45,000 people, just because it’s a dome. But what you noticed as a player were the 20,000 to 25,000 empty seats. You didn’t always get as fired up as you did going to Iowa or Wisconsin and seeing the atmosphere those kids got to play in.” — Gophers linebacker Sean Hoffman, who played at the U from 1997 to 2000.
“It’s like playing putt-putt golf, you’ve got to go around the windmill. This is major league baseball. That’s embarrassing.” — Boston manager Terry Francona said after David Ortiz hit a monstrous shot to right field — estimates were 450 feet — that hit a speaker, caromed onto the playing field and limited the Red Sox slugger to one of the longest singles in history.
“It went from the Dome being no factor to really disliking playing here. To me, it wasn’t college football. It was like going to Las Vegas. You didn’t know what time of day it was. ... When you were inside, it was a dark feeling, kind of a depressing feeling, and it wasn’t ours.” — Glen Mason, discussing his 10-year tenure coaching the Gophers that ended in 2006.
“I would say so far in my career this is probably at the top as weirdest thing that has happened.” — Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said after a December roof collapse forced the NFL to switch a “home” game scheduled at the Dome to Detroit. The Vikings lost the game to the New York Giants 21-3.
“[The Metrodome is] not really a baseball field. Of course, when it was snowing outside it was great.” — Twins first baseman Justin Morneau upon leaving the Dome for Target Field.
“My real thought is that we’re leaving the best home-field advantage in sport — for any team, anywhere. It will be sad to leave such a magnificent advantage. I sit there and watch visiting teams screw up because of the Dome, and I say, ‘Wonderful.’ I think the Metrodome has caused five to 10 screw-ups a year that resulted in a Twins victory.” — Former Twins owner Clark Griffith.
“Anyone who says we lost because of the building ... I would be 180 degrees diametrically opposed to that opinion. If you look at every business that fails in the United States, both big and small, you’ll find poor management, No. 1, and lack of money, No. 2. It’s no different at Minnesota. When you have good coaching staffs and management [at the university president level], you succeed.” — Twin Cities businessman and university booster Harvey Mackay, a prominent Dome supporter, on the lack of Gophers football success in the Dome.