Saturday morning marked the beginning of the end of the end for the somewhat fabled Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. At 7:15 AM, crews began the official deflation procedure by opening the stadium’s relief vents. 35 minutes later, the roof’s ten acres of teflon-coated fiberglass had finished deflating, leaving behind a concave expanse of sadness.
The stadium’s interior had already been stripped of turf and seats, leaving what was described as a “concrete shell.” Fans were able to purchase some of the seats online, for $60 each. A little piece of Metrodome history to plunk in your man cave, right under your Christian Ponder Fathead.
Only a very small number of people gathered to watch the less-than-dramatic inflation, much to the delight of Viking officials who went to great pains to warn people away from the site. One person who did show up? Superfan Larry Spooner, who may have been a tad lubricated at least going by his appearance with a local television reporter.
Or maybe it was just the cold slowly freezing Larry’s brain cells.
Crews will now begin dismantling the Metrodome piece by piece, making way for the new stadium which will open in 2016 or 2017 depending on how the recent bond lawsuit nonsense plays itself out.