After serving its purpose, it's time to retire the Teflon
In 1982, the Teflon bubble was officially erected in downtown Minneapolis.
Built at the bargain-bin cost of $68 million -- but actually finished under budget at $55 million -- the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has lasted the stringent of time, hosting a countless number of events for the last 27 years.
The Metrodome is the only facility ever to host each of the Final Four (1992 and 2001), Super Bowl (1992), the MLB All-Star Game (1985) and World Series (1987 and 1991).
It's been paid over 30-plus times and has been a home-field advantage for each of the Twins and Vikings.
The Twins carry a 1,166-996 all-time record in the Dome, which gets as loud as a jet engine when there's something to cheer about.
The tag "HomerDome" carried the Twins to two World Series championships in which they went a perfect 8-0 in the safe confides of the bubble.
It was a facility which looked like a low-budget spaceship had landed in the gut of the Twin Cities.
It was home to Minnesota's two most beloved franchises of the Vikings and Twins -- and also the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football team.
The Dome was a useful facility, no doubt.
But it was also outdated even before the first fan walked through the turnstiles in 1982.
It was constructed on a lean budget and it showed.
In very familiar circumstances, the Minnesotan Legislature had to address the stadium issue in the late 1970s with the threat of both the Twins and Vikings leaving, due to the insufficient Met Stadium.
After haggling and tussling, the Metrodome was finally constructed and it was the last multi-sport stadium built in the United States.
Although not necessarily built for the convenience of the fans, the Metrodome was a gold mine for the state of Minnesota.
It served its purpose over and over.
It was ran in the black in all of its 27 years, with only one game ever postponed in the history of the stadium, which occurred in April of 1983 when the roof collapsed due to snow.
One of the most famous happenings in the Dome came on a Dave Kingman towering pop fly which flew through one of the drainage holes and never emerged, thus giving him a ground-rule double.
Another interesting stadium plan proposed in the late 1970s was to construct a stadium with one goal line in St. Paul and the other in Minneapolis.
Plenty of history was made in the Dome, obviously, with one Super Bowl, two World Series and a pair Final Fours played under the roof.
But it obviously wasn't built for baseball and it's about time the Metrodome is retired into the annals of Minnesota lore.
Watching a baseball game in July under the Metrodome roof -- with the temperatures hovering around 75-80 degrees -- is like sitting in a doctor's office, reading a boring magazines, while peering out the window of how nice a day it is out.
The Twins have put a good product on the field for the good part of the last seven to eight years, but having to contort your body at different angles to see home plate in a sterile environment wasn't a good conducive baseball atmosphere.
Even one of the great Twins, Kent Hrbek, admitted he wanted to go home after watching just a few innings inside the MetroDump.
I have not read or heard any Twin players in the history of the Metrodome actually admit they like playing in it.
The engineers who drew up the plans for the Dome must have been short and had a complex over tall people.
The aisles of seats are meant for 5-7 or shorter people.
If you need to use a restroom facility, you have to take a number, line up like cattle ready to use a trough.
A few years ago during a Viking-Packer game, I missed most of the third quarter waiting in line at the restroom.
I calculated that I lost $20 out of my $80 ticket -- since it was just about one quarter of the game missed -- and another $14 down the drain after dispelling two beers at $7 apiece.
Plus the less-than-desirable time spent in a hot and humid, stinky bathroom full of ticked off and impatient drunk fans.
Real baseball fans will be able to actually experience what baseball is meant to be played -- outside in the sunshine.
Sure, there will be those who will bellyache about the no roof and possible postponements of games, or the "It's too cold outside to watch baseball" whine.
Odds are against a postponed game, since only three games on average during a season were postponed during the Twins' time in the Met Stadium.
And if one doesn't like to watch baseball in weather below 50 degrees, use common sense and plan accordingly and buy tickets for games in June through August.
This time, the new home for the Twins is being built right and not on a shoe-string budget.
A game will pass along while enjoying not just baseball, but sun and warm temperatures...instead of sitting in a barren hole with a fiberglass, Teflon barricade blocking the best of what summer has to offer.