The Metrodome's last gasp: Roof of iconic Twin Cities venue deflated

The roof of the Metrodome was deflated early Saturday, altering the Minneapolis skyline.

The roof of the Metrodome was deflated early Saturday, altering the Minneapolis skyline.

MINNEAPOLIS -- That iconic white bubble in the Minneapolis skyline is no more.

The roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was deflated early Saturday morning, putting an end to the stadium's 32-year history as a fixture in the Twin Cities. With demolition scheduled for later this month, the power was shut off at the former home of the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

The Metrodome's roof took 35 minutes to deflate, according to the Vikings.

The Vikings played the final game at the Metrodome on Dec. 29 against the Detroit Lions. Since then, many of the stadium's blue plastic seats have been removed and sold as keepsakes for thousands of Minnesota sports fans.

Until Saturday, the white teflon roof stood as a reminder of everything that happened under that roof since the venue opened in 1982. The Metrodome hosted two World Series in 1987 and 1991, a Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Super Bowls and countless other events. It served as the site of monster truck rallies, rock concerts, high school football games, and a lifetime of sports memories for a generation of Minnesotans.

A new Vikings stadium is scheduled to be built on the same ground where the Metrodome currently stands.

There was perhaps no Metrodome feature more distinguishable than its roof, which has collapsed several times over the last three decades due to inclement weather. Snow was not to blame on Saturday, however, as that billowy white roof came collapsing down one final time.

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