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Metropolitan Stadium
The Met
Met Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium

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Address 8000 Cedar Ave. South
Bloomington, MN 55420
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  The Facility  
Date Opened April 24, 1956
Date Closed December 20, 1981
Date Demolished January 28, 1985
Ownership
(Management)
City of Minneapolis
(City of Minneapolis)
Surface Grass
Cost of Construction $8.5 Million
Stadium Architects Osborn Engineering
Capacity 48,446
Baseball 45,919
Luxury Suites None
Club Seats None
  Other Facts  
Former Tenants Minnesota Vikings
(NFL) (1961-1981)
Minneapolis Millers
(AA) (1956-1960)
Minnesota Twins
(MLB) (1961-1981)
Minnesota Kicks
(NASL) (1976-1981)
Population Base 2,870,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP)
Retired Numbers #10 Fran Tarkenton
#53 Mick Tingelhoff
#70 Jim Marshall
#88 Alan Page

Sources: Mediaventures

Metropolitan Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium was built on a farm in 1956 for the American Association Minneapolis Millers. It originally consisted of a curved triple-decker grandstand that ran from first base to third base. The owner of the New York Giants (the parent team of the Millers) was quoted as saying that the Met "is the finest minor league park in the country, and there are not two in the majors that are better."

In 1961, when the Washington Senators moved in and became the Twins, permanent bleachers were added along the left field line, a temporary bleacher was installed in left field and the first and second decks were extended down the right field line. The Vikings replaced the temporary left field bleacher with a double-decked left field pavilion in 1965. In 1982, the Twins and Vikings moved into the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. Metropolitan Stadium was demolished and the Mall of America now occupies the site. There is a plate marking the spot where the Met's home plate was in Camp Snoopy, a theme park in the Mall.

Minnesota Vikings

Metropolitan
Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium

1961-1981
Hubert H. Humphrey
Metrodome

Hubert H. Humphrey
Metrodome

1982-2014
TCF Bank
Stadium

TCF Bank Stadium

2014-Present
New
Stadium

New Stadium

Future

Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins

American
League Park

American League Park
1901-1902
Griffith
Stadium

Griffith Stadium
1903-1960
Metropolitan
Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium
1960-1981
Hubert H. Humphrey
Metrodome

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
1982-2009
Target Field
Target Field
2010-Present


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