Flashback 1970s: Metrodome Groundbreaking

"Groundbreaking Ceremony," by Scott Long, 1976

“Groundbreaking Ceremony,” by Scott Long, 1976

This cartoon, published in the Minneapolis Tribune in 1976, is a reminder of just how long and ugly the battle to build a domed stadium in downtown Minneapolis really was. The Twins and Vikings started pushing in the early 1970s for a new home to replace old Met Stadium in Bloomington. It wasn’t until December 20, 1979, that the teams and the city broke ground on the shrine to cut-corners that would eventually be known as the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Now, 34 years later, the dome is about a month away from demolition. Here’s to planned obsolescence!

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Image via Scott Long Political Cartoon Collection, Minnesota Historical Society

Dave Kenney

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