First Game at the Metrodome

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?
Thirty-two.

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.

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3 Responses to First Game at the Metrodome

  1. Beau says:

    Seriously? When did the home run rule change then re: the right field wall? Or was the wall not attached to the fence like it is now?

  2. Scot says:

    There was a wall in front of the baggie. I am looking for a picture.

    http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/metrod.htm

    Based on the info at this site it looks like it changed to a 13′ wall in early 1983, then moved to the current baggie (23′) later in that season.

  3. Scot says:

    Update: I have scoured the internets with no luck finding any Metrodome pictures from 1982 or 1983.

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