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Vikings Fans Bid Farewell to Metrodome

Created: 12/29/2013 6:19 PM KAALtv.com
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- It's hosted a World Series, a Super Bowl, a Final Four and more. Sunday the Vikings capped off their final season at the Metrodome with a 14-13 victory over the Detroit Lions.

"I loved the dome! The seating... You couldn't find a better seating for football or baseball," said Vikings fan Dallas Backhaus.

Opened in 1982, the dome was home to the Twins up until 2010 and the Vikings until Sunday. There were mixed reactions when people were asked if they'd miss it.

"Inside the dome is really loud, so I’m not gonna miss it that much," said Steve Hanson.

"I’m not looking forward to actually playing outside again," said Backhaus.

The Vikings will play at TCF Bank Stadium for the next two seasons. The outdoor stadium is home to the University of Minnesota Gophers. In 2016, they'll move into their new stadium.

"I hope it makes the Vikings a better team,” said Emily Botten.

"I think football should be played outdoors, even in the snowstorms and the weather, that shows the toughness," said Hanson.

While the future will bring its own excitement, Sunday was about a goodbye to the home of the team for more than 30 years.

“My husband and I have a game that we play and it's doing laps around the Metrodome and it's how many people we're going to run into, so it's just kind of fun, that sense of community and kind of roaming around there," said Botten.

"It's had some memories for everything, more than just football," said Gabriel Holmes.

Those memories will live on after the stadium is long gone. According to the Vikings website, the demolition process will begin in January.



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