Extra security planned for final Metrodome game
The Minnesota Vikings plan extra security for their final game
at the Metrodome next weekend to avoid a repeat of the near-riot
that broke out 32 years ago when the team played its final game at
the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.
After the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Vikings 10-6 on Dec. 20,
1981, fans swarmed the field at the Met to grab anything they
could. They tore down the goal posts, the loudspeakers in the end
zone and pieces of the scoreboard. Nine people were arrested.
Officials say they’re determined it won’t happen again. They
held a security summit at the Metrodome on Wednesday.
”There will obviously be a great deal of attention for inside
security, just monitoring so that fans can celebrate, but do so
safely and responsibly,” said Medaria Arradondo, the police
inspector in charge of the First Precinct in downtown
Nearly twice the number of Minneapolis police will be on hand
when the Vikings play the Detroit Lions in the Metrodome finale
Dec. 29 as compared with a typical game. Extra personnel from
Whelan Security, the company that provides private security for the
Vikings, will also be on hand, Minnesota Public Radio News
(http://bit.ly/1fsASIy ) reported.
”All told, we’re looking at close to 700 security
representatives within the building,” Vikings spokesman Jeff
Anderson said. ”We don’t expect any issues, but we want this to be
a memorable game for our fans, and we want to do it in a safe and
Fans won’t be allowed to take any parts of the stadium with
”Nobody’s leaving with anything,” said Minnesota Sports
Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. ”We’re putting
that rule in place, and we’re going to stick to it from the
beginning of the game to the end.”
Kelm-Helgen said the NFL’s new bag policy will help. ”People
won’t be able to bring any kind of tools or anything that will
allow them to unhook things,” she said.
The Vikings will offer mementoes and events at the Metrodome
that day. Fans will be able to bring home a token of the Metrodome
era, without tearing loose a piece of it. That includes a
commemorative pennant handed to every fan as they come through the
doors for that final game.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News,