After being voted the number one worst stadium in the United States by Time in 2012, Minnesota’s iconic Metrodome has received its just reward: complete and utter destruction.
The dearly departed stadium is survived by Target Field, which has played home to the Minnesota Twins since 2010. As The Star Tribune describes, it was a swift, painless death:
The charges, in a short, rapid succession of cannon-like booms, went off about 7:30 a.m. In a matter of seconds, the roof ring fell and the corners of the 32-year-old stadium collapsed. The roof ring is a key part of the roof structure.
Demolition workers used 84 charges of dynamite set in 24 columns of the upper concourse, according to a statement from the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority (MSFA).
Now that the Metrodome has been good and smashed, construction on a new 65,400-seat Viking Stadiums (scheduled to open in 2016) will begin on the very same site. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life, Stadium Edition. [Time]