TIMELINE: HUBERT H. HUMPHREY METRODOME
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.
In January, bulldozers encounter a 250,000-pound piece of granite. It's moved to Plymouth and dubbed "Plymouth Rock."
In October, the Dome is inflated. But in November, the roof collapses under 10 inches of snow.
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.
In April, wet, heavy snow deflates the roof; four-day repair results in postponement of a baseball game.
An April Twins-Angels game is halted briefly when high winds rip two holes in the Dome's inner roof.
Naming rights purchased for "Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome."
Twins play last game at the Dome.
On Dec. 12, Dome roof collapses after a snowstorm. Vikings-Bears game is moved to TCF Bank Stadium at U of M.