Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome
Minneapolis,  MN
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April 12, 2007

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DETvsMIN - Oct.12,2008

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Built: 1982
Capacity: 64,121 seats
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
Draft Beer: $7.00       
Hot Dog: $3.50
Stadium Parking: $30.00  
Metrodome
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900 S 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-332-0386
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Stadium Review - The Stadium TourMinnesota Vikings Stadium
Minneapolis Minnesota ... a great place for football.  For me, with the National Football League offseason at hand, finding something football related to do can be a challenge.  I decided after my experience in Baltimore, that organized stadium tours might be the way to go.  The Metrodome offers such a tour, for a very reasonable price of $3 per person and it's a walk-in tour, no reservations are required.  The 50-minute tour takes is participants into the press box, luxury suites, locker room, and down on the field.  So at 11am, we gathered at Gate F, and donning my throw-back Cris Carter #80 jersey, I entered the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

The Metrodome was a very impressive facility.  It is the first domed stadium I had a chance to visit and that was fascinating in itself.  The dome is actually made of a Teflon coated material that is completely held up by the internal air pressure generated by enormous rotary fans placed around the stadium.  Anywhere from eight to twenty fans can be activated depending on traffic running into and out of the stadium and a system of airlocks allows large objects to enter and exit the Metrodome.  Fans enter and exit through revolving doors that maintain the air pressure inside.  If one accidentally opens one of the emergency doors however, a heavy rush of air charges out of the stadium either propelling the escapee or preventing you from entering the stadium.

The Metrodome is built primarily as a football stadium, as evidenced by the oval colesium-style arrangement of the seating.  If it was a baseball stadium the seats would be aligned in a wagon-wheel configuration with home plate at its center.  It also boasts a FieldTurf surface which replaced its astroturf in 2004.  During the tour, we were able to get down on the field and closely inspect the FieldTruf.  It has a great feel, excellent traction, and is very forgiving on bones and joints ... very much like natural grass.  The Fieldturf surface is a system of three-inch plastic blades woven into a rubber mat that's bonded to the floor.  After the grass has been installed 1 1/2 inches of a recycled rubber fill and sand is then added to fill in the gaps and provide shock absorption.  Altough from above the turf looks very artificial, I was impressed with how much it actually looks and feels like grass up close.  I definitely have to get out here for a game in the near future.


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information on the city of Minneapolis, MN check out my other reviews by clicking on the links below:
    
NFL: September 27, 2010 - Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
    
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Metrodome Tours - offered by the Metropolitan Sports Commission
Ticket Prices: $3 per person
Phone Number: 612-335-3309
Hours: Walk-in tours are available at 11:00am on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday during the months of April - November.  All tours depart from Gate F.
Areas Covered: Facility, Press box, Luxury Suites, Lockerroom and Field.

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