Farewell to the Metrodome: What’s Being Given Away
It’s the end of an era for Minnesota Vikings fans, the ‘Metrodome Years’ will come to a close Sunday, when the Vikings take the field one last time.
Fans who attend Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, won’t be allowed to take home any pieces of the dome as souvenirs, but the Vikings are supplying everyone with a couple of collectors items.
Sunday, all fans will get a special pennant celebrating 32 years of Vikings football at the Metrodome.
During halftime of Sunday’s game, the final two ‘Top 10 Moments at Mall of America Field’ will be announced, and after following the game, there will be a short post-game ceremony with a highlight video and appearances from former Vikings coach Bud Grant, along with former players Matt Birk and Robert Smith, and current Viking Adrian Peterson.
Fans will also receive copies of The Playbook, placed on every seat throughout the building, as well as the game program, will also acknowledge the final game at Mall of America Field.
The program will have a double-cover, with a from the cover that was used during the first ever game at Mall of America Field which was from September 12, 1982 when the Vikings hosted Tampa Bay, while the ‘inner layer’ showing an image of the inside Mall of America Field.
To discourage fans from doing some souvenir hunting of their own, the Vikings are bringing in extra security, including double the number of Minneapolis police officers that serve a typical home game.
The Vikings will play the next two seasons at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota campus, while a new stadium is being constructed adjacent to the current Metrodome site.
That new facility is expected to be ready for the 2016 NFL season.