Metropolitan Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium was built on a farm and opened its doors on April 21, 1956 for the American Association Minneapolis Millers. The cornfield-turned-stadium had a curved triple-deck grandstand that ran from first base to third base, but maintenance was a constant issue and by the final season railings on the third deck were declared a safety hazard.

On April 12, 1961, the Washington Senators moved into "The Met" and became the modern day Minnesota Twins. To make room for a major league crowd, permanent bleachers were added along the left field line, a temporary bleacher was installed in left field and the first & second decks were extended down the right field line.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The ballpark was demolished in early 1985 and replaced by a mall, convention center and amusement park. However, home plate remained sacred. It became part of Camp Snoopy, a playground at the mall." - Jonathan Fraser Light in The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball (1996)

Metropolitan Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium Ariel View
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Souvenir Book (1982)

Major League Occupant(s)

First Game
Last Game

Metropolitan Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium

1965 World Series
Metropolitan Stadium during 1965 World Series
Photo by Roy Swan of the Star Tribune (2002)

Attendance & Capacity Changes

Attendance Records
(Single Game)
Largest
50,596 on 10-14-1965
Smallest
547 on 09-20-1965
Capacity Changes
( Yearly Attendance )
1961
30,637
1964
40,000
1973
45,921
1974
45,181
1975
45,919

Metropolitan Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium

Ballpark Diagram & Dimensions

Backstop
1961
60'
Left Field
1961
329'
1962
330'
1965
344'
1967
346'
1975
330'
1977
343'
Left Center (short)
1961
365'
1962
360'
1965
373'
1967
350'
1975
346'
1977
360'
Left Center (deep)
1961
402'
1965
435'
1968
430'
1975
410'
1976
406'
Center Field
1961
412'
1965
430'
1968
425'
1975
410'
1977
402'
Right Center (deep)
1961
402'
1965
435'
1968
430'
1977
410'
Right Center (short)
1961
365'
1968
373'
1972
365'
1977
370'
Right Field
1961
329'
1962
330'

Metropolitan Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium Side View
Photo by Frank Smith (1979)

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Left Field Fence
1961
8'
1964
12'
1974
7'
1977
12'
Centerfield Field Fence
1961
8'
Right Field Fence
1961
8'
1964
12'
1970
8'
Metropolitan Stadium Historical Analysis
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The $8.5 million Metropolitan Stadium was the first major league park built on a cornfield and after it was destroyed the Mall of America was built in its place.

On August 25, 1970 , a bomb scare delayed the Boston Red Sox vs Minnesota Twins game forty-three minutes. Here is The Sporting News writeup:

Bomb scare forced 43-minute delay in fourth inning, but only bomb that exploded was the homer by Tony Conigliaro in eighth giving Red Sox 1-0 victory over Twins . Crowd of 17,697 evacuated stands after annoucement over public address system that telephoned warning had been received that bomb was due to go off.

Source: The Sporting News.

The first major league home run hit in Metropolitan Stadium came off the bat of Dale Long of the Washington Senators on April 21, 1961 . The last major league home run hit in Metropolitan Stadium came off the bat of Clint Hurdle of the Kansas City Royals on September 30, 1981 . Harmon Killebrew hit two-hundred forty-six home runs in The Met (the most by any player in history) & the total number of major league home runs hit in Metropolitan Stadium was 2,866.

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