The History of the Humphrey Metrodome


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The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has served as home to the Minnesota Twins for the last two decades. After opening it’s doors in April 1982, it became the third domed facility in the sport of baseball. Construction began in the winter of 1979 and was completed at $68 million, which was under budget, with approval from the state of Minnesota. The home turf for the Minnesota Twins is comprised of 20 acres and is located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. In a matter of hours, the dome can be converted from a baseball to football facility and vice versa. The total field area measures 142,515 square feet, features a 10 acre Teflon-coated roof and rises 16 stories into the downtown skyline.

As it’s name implies, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was named in honor of one of the most famous public figures in Minnesota. Humphrey, who died in 1978, once served as Mayor of Minneapolis, a U. S. Senator and Vice President of the United States. The metrodome was given the namesake of the man who contributed a great deal to both the state of Minnesota and the entire country in which it resides.

Featuring the capacity to accommodate more than 45,000 baseball fans, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has welcomed a total of over 55 million spectators since it’s opening in 1982. Minnesota Twins fans typically gather at the Plaza, which can be found along Kirby Puckett Place inside the metrodome, prior to the opening pitch. Speaking of pitching, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome features an electric-powered pitcher’s mound, which has the ability to be raised or lowered via remote and weighs a hefty 23,000 pounds.

Like other sports facilities, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has witnessed it’s share of memorable moments. Among one of the greatest is the fact that this facility is the only stadium to ever host two World Series, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, the NFL Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. As one would expect, there is a great deal of history encased within the walls of this facility. From the Minnesota Twins to the NFL’s Vikings, rodeo, motorsports and figure skating, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has hosted it all. For those who have the chance to see it, a distant image of the metrodome at night will reveal a sea of city lights with a large dome glistening in the heart of the city. A rich historical site filled with charm, modern amenities and seats filled with Minnesota Twins fans are just a few of the attractions found here.

Collectors who wish to request an autograph from any one of the players on the Minnesota Twins roster should send their letter and a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to:

Player’s Name
c/o Minnesota Twins
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
34 Kirby Puckett Place
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Fans requesting an autograph should limit their request to two items per letter. Popular items to have signed include photos, index or trading cards, baseballs, etc. Patience is key when requesting autographs through the mail, but the best time to reach an athlete is often during the off-season.

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