The Vikings have announced that there will be extra security on-hand for Sunday’s final-ever game at the venerable Metrodome. If you’re wondering why that is, just have a gander at this video clip from the last time the Vikings bade farewell to a home stadium.
The year was 1981. The Vikings were closing down the old Met in Bloomington, their home since the franchise’s early days. Fans eager for souvenirs could barely wait to flood the field and start tearing stuff down.
They were nice enough to let the Vikings and Chiefs vacate the playing field before leaving the seats and setting to work. The goalposts came down. Seats were torn out. Hunks of frozen turf were hacked free.
The Vikings won’t let that happen again with the Metrodome. They say they will have 700 extra security people at the stadium. To keep fans in their seats, they will put on a post-game program complete with a Bud Grant speech and a countdown of the all-time greatest Metrodome moments.
That ought to keep the rowdies at bay. Too bad. I can’t think of a more fitting end to the Metrodome than having it torn apart by several thousand drunken Viking fans. Especially if they were dressed like actual Vikings.