Farewell to the Metrodome
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
All photos by Dan Whitney
The Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team is winding up their 27th and final season playing in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Though the NFL's Vikings will continue to call the Dome home, the Twins will move to a brand new stadium - Target Field - next spring. The Chronicle Times' Dan Whitney and some of his family and friends took in a ball game on Saturday, August 15 - the last time they will be watching a baseball game in that setting.
One last time -
The crowd approaches the Metrodome prior to Saturday afternoon's game.
Pre - game entertainment -
The crowd was entertained by a live band prior to the game. A similar plaza near the ballpark is one of the things that will remain the same at the new stadium.
The old and the new -
Outside of the Metrodome, prior to the game. Signage about the new ballpark was prevalent both inside the dome and out.
Inside the Dome -
Large posters of Twins' Hall of Famers Killebrew, Carew, Oliva, Hrbek and Puckett , as well as mentions of the team's post-season appearances, are very visible reminders of the Twins' illustrious 47-year history in the Twin Cities.
Indians 7, Twins 3 -
There was a game played Saturday, and here is photographic proof, as the Twins (in white) and Indians (dark) play before a crowd of 35,000.
22 days and counting ...
This sign was one of many which heralded the Twins' upcming move to their "new digs." Other signs heralded the "Countdown to Real Grass Stains" and "Countdown to Starry Nights."
Kirby's Street -
The street on which the Metrodome sits was renamed after the late Twins' Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett several years ago.
Target Field -
The Twins' new ballpark, Target Field, is tucked away in the warehouse district in downtown Minneapolis.
The new place -
Target Field will be ready for Opening Day next spring.
Behind the scoreboard -
This shot was taken from behind the scoreboard at Target Field. Fans will be able to take the city's light rail train right up to the ballpark.