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Metrodome Memories

With the Dome entering its final year of existence, we look back at the memories of the 31-year-old stadium.

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    The Dome was home for generations of Minnesota sports fans.

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    Construction work began on the Metrodome in 1981.

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    The Twins hosted their home opener in 1982.

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    Another view of the construction.

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    The scoreboard welcomed fans to the new stadium.

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    Kent Hrbek's locker at the Metrodome, April 1982.

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    The Twins' locker room at the Metrodome, April 1982.

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    Twins fans at a Metrodome concession stand in April 1982.

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    The Dome was a deciding factor in the Twins's 1987 World Championship...

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    ...and again in their 1991 World Series run.

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    The Dome hosted a Super Bowl...

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    ...and a Final Four, not to mention regional championships, plus countless concerts and monster truck rallies.

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    The Teflon roof always kept us warm...
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    ...except when the roof caved in during the 2010 Vikings season.

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    Leaving the Vikings to finish out the season with "home" games at TCF Bank Stadium and Ford Field.

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    The Mall of America bought naming rights to the field -- they were the only entity to claim naming rights during the stadium's lifespan.
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    So, here's to you, Metrodome. You've delivered Minnesota sports for 31 years. There's a special place in our hearts for your cramped concourses and decibel-shattering crowd noises.