Vikings fans say emotional goodbye to Metrodome

MINNEAPOLIS - There's no doubt, Minnesota had some fun under the Teflon roof of the Metrodome.

"Lots of good memories," said Mike Beling, of Savage. "I'm getting emotional, actually." Even on a frigid Sunday afternoon, tailgating carried on as stories were told.

From Randy Moss lateralling a pass over his shoulder to Moe Williams for a touchdown to Adrian Peterson's record-breaking 296-yard rushing day to a discouraging playoff loss to Atlanta in 1998, fans came out on Sunday to say goodbye.

"We had to come down for the last game – a whole bus of us from the Princeton VFW came down. It's been a great time," said Kimberly Jensen, of Princeton. "I am ready for the next chapter. Always move forward."

The Metrodome has been this state's sports haven for 32 years. The famous bubble-top is part of our sports fabric and even with the tight concourses and few frills, many fans say they miss the Metrodome.

Lauren Nahurski, of St. Paul, said the Dome is home for her. She felt she needed to be cheering on the Vikings under the dome on Sunday -- one last time.

"I have been here since I was a child," she said. "Lots of memories here. I was at the last Twins game, and it's very cool to be at last Vikings game."

The Dome opened with a Vikings win, and despite a five-win season in 2013, the Vikings managed to defeat Detroit 14-13, a narrow victory for the Minnesota faithful.

Some fans also traveled the distance for this landmark day. Troy and Cary Solberg flew in from Fort Collins, Colo. They lingered in the stadium, reminiscing about favorite Vikings moments, including their purple-themed wedding and the last moment in the Dome.

"Vikings have been an important part of our relationship the whole way through," said the couple. "Being here together, the winning and victory."

Running back Adrian Peterson and former coach Bud Grant spoke to fans in a farewell ceremony complete with fireworks.

"It's great to win, isn't it? 32 years ago, this was the ultimate stadium. We look forward to an ultimate stadium for the next 32 years," said Grant.

Metrodome officials say they will start clearing out what's left inside of the Dome over the next couple of days. The power is scheduled to be shut off on Jan. 18.


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