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

Minneapolis.

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

respectful way.”

Fans won’t be allowed to take any parts of the stadium with

them.

”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,

http://www.mprnews.org