The Metrodome roof has been deflated for the final time today as everyone here in Vikings territory prepares for the new stadium. I made it to two Vikings game this year for the final season … with very different outcomes.
I have been coming to the Dome in some fashion since the early 1990s when I went to my first Minnesota Twins game. Since then I have been to a number of Vikings games and even got on the sideline of the field while covering a high school football state championship game.
Vikings lose to Carolina. I don’t want to talk about it.
The first game I went to this season was against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 13. I won a pair of tickets in a charity auction a few weeks earlier and invited a friend to the game. It likely went down as one of the worst losses in recent memory. At least at that point. Despite car trouble earlier in the day and a poor performing Vikings team, it was a fun excursion. It helped knowing I already had tickets for another game later in the season.
We beat the Bears at my final Metrodome game
On Dec. 1 I took my mom to our annual Vikings game. This time around we went to see the Vikings take on the Chicago Bears. It was an edge of the seat game going into overtime. A lot of drama with a field goal being called back on a penalty giving the Bears a chance to win (only to mess up their kick as well). The Vikings went on to win and I went on to celebrate.
I have some mixed feelings about the Metrodome closing this year. On one hand it has played host to some of my favorite personal memories of the last 20 years. On the other hand it was an out dated facility that wasn’t friendly to people in wheel chairs (a lesson learned during my final game).
Someone in Tyler asked me yesterday if I got a piece of the Dome. They were apparently selling seats, pieces of the roof and other items. I missed out on that opportunity, but the memories I made there will last a long time. Thanks for all the noise Metrodome crowd. It was sure fun while it lasted.
Onward and upward.