The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome opened in April, 1982 and replaced the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Metrodome stadium was named in memory of former U.S Senator and U.S. Vice President, Hubert Humphrey, who had died in 1978. The HHH Metrodome is located on a 20 acre site downtown Minneapolis, MN. Construction on the Metrodome began in 1979 and was paid for by the state of Minnesota at a cost of only $68 million. It was the third dome built for baseball in the United States and is the only air-supported structure among the 28 domes that are currently used.
The Metrodome was the home to the MLB Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota Gopher Football Team until Fall 2009, when both teams moved out and into stadiums built specifically for them. Today the HHH Metrodome is the home of the NFL Minnesota Vikings, the Vikings Roster has called "the Dome" home since it opened in 1982. The NBA Minnesota Timberwolves played at the Metrodome from 1989-1990 while their permanent home, the Target Center, was being finished. The Metrodome has also hosted the World Series (1987 and 1991), baseball's All-Star Game (1985), the Super Bowl (XXVI, 1992) and the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament (1992 & 2001).
Because of its multi-purpose design, the Humphrey Metrodome Seating Chart has 7,600 retractable seats in right field. The dome can be converted from baseball use to football use, and vice versa, in just four hours. The pitcher's mound is powered by an electric motor and can be raised and lowered at the push of a button. When configured for baseball, the right-field wall is composed of a 23-foot-high plastic wall which is affectionately named the "Baggie." In March of 2004, the Metrodome playing field was re-surfaced with Field Turf, a new artificial turf that resembles natural grass. There were an additional 900 seats added prior to the 1994 season by moving both dugouts closer to the field and adding three rows closer to the field level. Section 113 in the right field corner was also added to increase total capacity for baseball to approximately 45,000.
An outdoor plaza was added to the Metrodome property along Kirby Puckett Place on the west side of the Metrodome prior to the 1996 season. The Plaza has various food and novelty vendors as well as games that allow fans a convenient place to gather before games. Because of the lack of tailgating around the Metrodome, the Plaza is known as a great place to have a beer and a brat before all home games.
The Metrodome Minneapolis is recognized as one of the loudest stadiums in the country and has become a great home field advantage for the teams that have called it home. Football Teams often comment that playing the Minnesota Vikings at their place is one of the most intimidating things in professional football. When the Minnesota Vikings are winning, Metrodome Tickets can become very hard to locate. The Metrodome is a great place to see a game so buy your Minnesota Metrodome tickets early!