All good things, Prince once sang, never last. And, apparently neither do highly-functional-but-still-universally loathed sporting venues.
It's time to start getting all melancholy over the planned execution of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, possibly the most infamous sports venue in the country.
The Dome sweet Dome won't be razed for another six months, but already the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is getting ready to, as Dandy Don Meredith used to sing on Monday Night Football, turn out the lights. The party's over.
Well, not quite. There's still time for the Vikings to use dome-field advantage as a path to the Super Bowl, but other than that, the Star Tribune reports, pretty much everything non-football related must go.
What will be put up for sale and how is a noggin'-scratcher, but officials with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Friday that they will likely spread the sale over several months and over several means, like a public auction or eBay.
We call dibs on the right field baggie!
Much of the basketball and baseball equipment can go now, since the venue no longer hosts the Twins, Gopher baseball or the Timberwolves. (Yes, children, the Timberwolves used to play in the Dome.)
Tolerate it or hate it, the Dome has hosted its share of history, if not a whole lot of good times. Aside from two stellar World Series (some feel the 1991 Series was one of the tops ever), it is also the only venue to host a World Series, Super Bowl and Final Four all within a year. (And, yes, of course, the famous roof collapses.)
Apparently requests are already flowing in, reports the paper, and some are based on practicality, not sentimentality.
The River Falls (Wis.) Baseball Council wants “exactly 293 seats” for a townball-style ballpark, says the Strib. The Prior Lake Amateur Baseball Association has asked for some artifical turf for the infield of a high school baseball field.
And that's the history of the Dome in a nutshell. Even in absentia, the Metrodome will be highly functional, if not exactly loved.
Oh, and that Prince lyric? It's from a 1986 song that only a Minnesotan could write called "Sometimes it Snows in April," which was never a worry when the Twins were playing under the Teflon.