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Minnesota Vikings Stadium: The Metrodome Is Officially Gone

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Adam Bettcher

Less than three months after the final Minnesota Vikings game was held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the venerable old stadium is, officially, no more.

That's right, folks. The whole thing has been reduced to dust and rubble. Construction on the new home of the Minnesota Vikings is well underway. The team will play the 2014 and 2015 seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota before the new digs open for the 2016 NFL season.

I don't think any of us are terribly sad to see the Dome go or anything, particularly in light of the fact that it's going to allow the Minnesota Vikings to remain the Minnesota Vikings. . .much to the chagrin of legions of idiotic haters. . .until at least the year 2046 (based on a 30-year lease). Perhaps the anti-stadium babies will have stopped crying by then, too. Not sure if I'd put my money on that second one or anything, though.

But, as it stands. . .or doesn't stand. . .now, there's a big hole in the Minneapolis skyline. But it's going to be replaced by something way more awesome.