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Arenas/Stadiums/Venues of Your Past

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Machine Head, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Machine Head

    Machine Head Well-Known Member

    On a hockey board I read they have an arena thread that I thought might be interesting to do here. Maybe not, we'll see.

    What places did you go to see college or pro games? Not for work. Growing up or just as a spectator. Moddy says pictures are OK, so here are some of mine:

    The Met Center. I spent a lot of time in this place. Fun place to play, too:


    More here, inlcuding the plan Norm Green had to physically tie into the Mall of America. They told Norm to go pound sand:


    Williams Arena:



    Minnesota Gopher hockey. Great place to play. The ice was the best.

    Metropolitian Stadium, now site of Mall of America. The Mall has home plate embedded in the floor, as well as the seat Killibrew's home run hit mounted high on a wall, both supposedly in the locations they were at the Met:


    The link has pictures taken years after it was left to rot:


    The Brick House - Memorial Stadium:


    The Gophers did have a good football team at one time.

    The St. Paul Civic Center. Home of the WHA St. Paul Saints:


    On the ice the clear boards made it difficult to follow the puck, but most liked the novelty of it. More here:


    Metrodome. Isn't it beautiful?


    Saw the Twins win game 7 in 1991.

    As far as the Vikings, I was also there for this:

    Nice effort by number 37, Willie Teal (I think it's him)
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  2. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    That ticket makes the Met Center look like a suburban library.
  3. Machine Head

    Machine Head Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it was built in the 60s. It shows.

    Here's how close the Met and Metropolitan Stadium were:

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  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    The Met Center looks like a warehouse.

    Cleveland Municipal Stadium. You always got a view of a pole.

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  5. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    It's sad to look at, but I always like to see the pics of abandoned ballparks.
  6. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    Ahem. We prefer "Person from a Certain Ethnic Background" there, pal.
  7. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    That is AWESOME. I think we were the only non-Polish family on our block, and that was out in the suburbs.
  8. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    You got a lot of posts at Tiger Stadium too.


    And a photo for Baron (although even this one is outdated as there's nothing but a fenced off field now).

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  9. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    On the ticket, behind the Met Center is a bucolic, peaceful field. In the photo, it's a warehouse and a parking lot.
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  10. Machine Head

    Machine Head Well-Known Member

    The photos are taken from different sides of the Met. In the first you are looking north and in the second south.

    The Met opened in 1967 and Metropolitian Stadium had been there for almost 10 years at the point.

    There were farms around the area. Still is one left. They have llamas and other stuff.

    A kid --Balloon Boy!--drifted off by accident in a hot air ballon once from Met Stadium and ended up in the river. Made it a mile or two. Can't remember if it was part of a Vikings or Twins pregame.

    Edit: Vikings game.

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  11. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    I grew up going to the pre-renovated Yankee Stadium. Cement trough urinals! good times...

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  12. TimmyP

    TimmyP Member

    Saw my first hockey game of any level at the old St. Louis Arena, and I fell in love with it. The sightlines were the best I've ever seen.


    To this day, I have dreams where I'm back there watching the Blues of the mid to late 1980s. I'm always a little bit sad when I wake up and think about the place being an office building.
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