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Metrodome - Remember that place?
Here are some fun facts about the Metrodome:
- The Metrodome is the only stadium in the world to have hosted a Super Bowl (1992), MLB All-Star Game (1985), a World Series (1987 & 1991), and the NCAA Men’s Final Four (1992 & 2001).
- The Metrodome is the only stadium in the world to have been a home for an MLB, NBA and NFL team at the same time. (Vikings 1982-present, Twins 1982-present, Timberwolves 1989-1990)
- Metrodome staff can change the Metrodome from a football stadium into a baseball park in only four hours.
- The Metrodome is the only stadium in the US that needs to be inflated. It takes 250,000 cubic feet of air per minute to keep the roof inflated.
- The formal name is the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, in honor of the former mayor of Minneapolis, U.S. Senator from Minnesota and VP under LBJ.
- Only two balls have got stuck in the ceiling during baseball games, courtesy of hits by Dave Kingman (1984) and Corey Koskie (2004). The players were granted ground rule doubles.
- The Minnesota Twins are 8-0 during World Series games at the Metrodome.
- Bob Casey, voice of the Minnesota Twins from 1961-2005, made the Metrodome feel like home with his trademark sayings… “Try not to throw anything or anybody onto the field” … “Noooooo smoking in the Metrodome. You can go outside or just quit” … or his most famous “Number 34, the centerfielder, Kirbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey Puckett!”
- Bob Casey also purposely mispronounced players names. Paul Molitor became Paul Monitor. Hideki Matsui became Hideki Matsushi. Dustan Mohr became Dustan Hoffman. Omar Vizquel became Ozzie Virgil.
- The Metrodome has seen several MLB players join the 3000 hit club, including Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken Jr., and Dave Winfield.
- Frank Thomas hit his 500th career homerun at the Metrodome. Thomas was later ejected for arguing balls and strikes, becoming the first player to hit homerun #500 and get ejected in the same game.
- Dwayne Wade recorded the fourth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history at the Dome during the 2003 season.
- Brett Favre recorded TD pass #421 vs. the Vikings at the Metrodome.