Vikings unveil program, events for final weekend at Metrodome

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    Dec 24, 2013

The Vikings have unveiled the party they’ll throw this weekend for the team’s final game in the Metrodome.  (Above is the official program cover, available for purchase at the game on Sunday.)

The team’s long farewell to the stadium will actually start with a season ticket holders’ event on Saturday, with photos on the field, tours of the stadium and locker room and highlights from Vikings greats and the most memorable football games in the Dome.

The team says the 6,000-person event is already booked, so if you’re not on the list already, you’re probably not going.

On Sunday the team plans to hand out commemorative pennants to fans. The souvenir has a drawing of the Metrodome and features the logo and words “Mall of America Field.”

Final Game Pennant

The official game day program will feature a dual cover of both the 2013 final game and the original Sept. 12, 1982 opener. The Playbook, the program placed on every seat in the stadium, will also have a commemorative cover for the occasion.

At the game, the team is planning to roll out a video tribute to the final two “Top 10 moments at Mall of America Field,” and following the game there will be a short ceremony with Vikings highlights and appearances by Matt Birk, Robert Smith, Adrian Peterson and Bud Grant. Then they’ll officially close the building once and for all, in preparation for demolition to start Jan. 18.

The demolition will NOT start on Sunday.   The team says:

“For Sunday’s game, the team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority will implement a ‘zero tolerance policy’ that prohibits fans from removing any stadium property. Extra security, including twice as many Minneapolis police officers that serve in a typical home game, will be on hand to ensure fans can celebrate in a safe and respectful environment.”

So leave your wrenches and your hacksaws at home.

  • PaulJ

    The only practical way to meet that target is with nuclear power, which is ok with me; just don’t put it up wind from a city or near rivers, and find a place to bury the waste.

    • John Dilligaf

      There’s always a river. After spinning the turbine, the steam has to be cooled in order to be reheated and over half the heat generated is flushed down the river. You want real efficiency? Find a way to productively use that heat in a secondary process that captures the additional wasted energy.

  • Jim G

    No. State Rep. Garofalo is just following the lead of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell from the coal state of Kentucky. Senator McConnell calls for states to reject the Clean Power Plan. My judgement is that the quicker we reduce our dependence on coal fired electrical power plants the quicker we reduce carbon emissions. Dayton should set policy based on the science of climate change and its causes, not on the parochial and industry captured leadership of Republicans.

  • MrE85

    One of the rarely-talked about benefits of reducing carbon emissions is the fact that measures like the Clean Power Plan also reduce air pollutants like particulates and ozone that we know are harmful to human health. I believe Minnesota should work with neighboring states, as many of the major utilities have customers across multi-state regions. Coal has served us well in the past, but it’s time to retire our antiquated coal-fired plants and shift to cleaner sources of energy. It’s where the market is going, anyhow.

  • Gary F

    Clean Power Plan means much higher energy costs that means manufacturing jobs will leave the state.

    • Yanotha Twangai

      And go where? This is a federal plan, so won’t energy costs go up in every state? And since Minnesota has already been moving in this direction, won’t those costs go up less here than in states that haven’t been?

      • Gary F

        1. Other states are opposing the plan. A new administration could mean new rules.

        2. Overseas or Mexico.

        • MrE85

          I find it unlikely that states that oppose the Clean Power Plan will prevail over the EPA rules. It’s based on the Clean Air Act, which has withstood many legal challenges before. Millions of dollars flow through Minnesota now because the firms that build and design large-scale wind farms are located here. We also have local manufacturing of solar panels in the state, an industry that is growing quickly.

          I don’t buy the old “jobs vs environment” argument. Past experience shows it’s a false dichotomy — our economy and gross national product has grown even as our air has gotten cleaner since 1970. I suspect the Clean Power Plan will be no different.

          Until recently, I was paying the utility bills on my Father’s house in Indiana. They are a coal state, and a large part of the electricity comes form coal-fired plants. The rates are significantly higher than they are here.

  • KTN

    Lets see, we have a Republican legislator, one who know doubt does not believe in climate change, telling the Gov he ought to opt out of this one. Makes sense if you don’t like to think for yourself.

  • Katie S

    We always hear that we have to choose between cutting carbon pollution and protecting the health of our kids and creating jobs. That’s ridiculous. Cutting carbon pollution from power plants will spark innovation and drive investment in clean energy technologies and energy efficiency that will create jobs and save families money on their electricity bills. Governor Dayton should support a strong Clean Power Plan that moves Minnesota towards a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future.