April 6, 1982
52,279 fans turned out to see the first baseball game in the brand new Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Twins hosted Seattle in a game that was eventually won by the Mariners 11-7. There was at least one bright spot for what was at the time the largest crowd in Minnesota baseball history: rookie Gary Gaetti hit two home runs.
Some “facts and figures” from the official Metrodome Souvenir book, published in 1982:
QUESTION: Approximately how many people could be accommodated in the Metrodome for a concert or religious crusade?
The absolute capacity of the Metrodome for such an event is in the neighborhood of 72, 000.
QUESTION: How many public restrooms are there in the Metrodome?
QUESTION: How high is the wall in right field?
The wall itself rises 40 feet above the playing field. There is a seven-foot-high fence in front of the wall, and any ball hitting the wall in fair territory will be a home run.
QUESTION: How much would it cost to rent the Metrodome for an event?
If you want a unique way to entertain your friends, or are looking for an unusual spot to hold your wedding reception, the dome can be yours for as little as $20,000 plus event expenses.