Metropolitan Stadium History

Viking Update: Metropolitan Stadium "Old Met"

Metropolitan Stadium -Old Met-

"Old Met"

Met Facts
HHH Metrodome

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.

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Informative Facts

Tenants: Minnesota Twins (AL); Minnesota Vikings (NFL)
Location: Bloomington, Minnesota
Opened: April 24, 1956
Demolished: 1985
Surface: Grass
Capacity: 18,200 (1956); 30,637 (1961); 40,000 (1964); 45,919 (1975)
  • The 330-foot marker was curiously far away from the foul pole in right, raising the distinct possibility that the distance to right was significantly less.
  • A bomb scare delayed the August 25, 1970 Twins-Red Sox game as 17,967 fans filed calmly into the outfield and parking lots.
  • It was by far the most poorly maintained park in the Majors. In 1981, broken railings on the third deck overlooking the left field bleachers created a safety hazard.
  • When the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was finished, the Met became the first modern park to be abandoned.

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