Metrodome gets partially blown up, refuses to die completely

Parts of the Metrodome were brought down in a series of controlled explosions Sunday, the latest piece of the demolition plan for the defunct Minneapolis stadium.

It was only a partial take-down, and some portions of the stadium remain intact, so the facility often rated among the worst in professional sports isn’t completely gone just yet. The primary purpose of Sunday’s demolition was to take down the ring beam around the roof, which you can see falling to the ground in the video above.

The blast used 84 charges of dynamite in 24 columns, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Everything went according to plan, reports said, and nobody was hurt.

The Metrodome opened in 1982 and was the home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings until the end of the 2013 season. MLB’s Minnesota Twins called it home from 1982 to 2009 before moving outdoors to Target Field in 2010.

The Vikings’ new stadium is being built on an adjacent lot and will be ready for the 2016 season. In the meantime, they’ll play at TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

This all begs the question: What’s your favorite Metrodome collapse? The explosions, or this one: