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    Re: Remembering the Old Met

    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    Although I would have loved to go watch the Purple People Eaters play there, compared to todays standards, and even comparing to the worst stadium in the NFL, that is one poohie stadium, especially for football.
    There are some parts where the lower level stands are 40 yards away from the field.
    Yup.
    And despite all the talk about the "hardy" people going to the games, that wasn't the case in the Old Met.

    Even during the height of Vikings greatness, during the Purple People Eater days, they had a hard time selling out regular season games in the winter.
    And that is something considering the Met was much smaller than the Metrodome.
    It only seated 48,446, compared to the Metrodome's 64,111.
    If we couldn't fill a 48k seat outdoor stadium when the Vikings were perennial super bowl contenders, how on earth do some people think we would fill a 68k outdoor stadium during slumps?
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    Never did get to see it myself, but I know I would have loved to sit at the Met and watch a Vikings game.
    I do remember watching games played there on TV though, and yes, in black and white..LOL



    I did get to watch the Giants and Vikings play in a big snow storm at the Yale Bowl though, in New Haven, CT....That was an open stadium and they played there because the meadowlands was being built at the time.




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    Re: Remembering the Old Met

    Thanks for that little stroll down memory lane, Nokak!
    I was only there for a handful of twins games, but I remember it fondly and will keep my fingers crossed that we get a new retractable roof stadium some day.

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    Re: Remembering the Old Met

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    Thanks for that little stroll down memory lane, Nokak!
    I was only there for a handful of twins games, but I remember it fondly and will keep my fingers crossed that we get a new retractable roof stadium some day.
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    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    "Jimmymeboy" wrote:
    Thanks for that little stroll down memory lane, Nokak!
    I was only there for a handful of twins games, but I remember it fondly and will keep my fingers crossed that we get a new retractable roof stadium some day.
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    The last time I was there it was for baseball, not football.

    The twins still had Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva & Rod Carew. It had to be the early 70's

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    Re: Remembering the Old Met

    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    Although I would have loved to go watch the Purple People Eaters play there, compared to todays standards, and even comparing to the worst stadium in the NFL, that is one poohie stadium, especially for football.
    There are some parts where the lower level stands are 40 yards away from the field.
    Yup.
    And despite all the talk about the "hardy" people going to the games, that wasn't the case in the Old Met.

    Even during the height of Vikings greatness, during the Purple People Eater days, they had a hard time selling out regular season games in the winter.
    And that is something considering the Met was much smaller than the Metrodome.
    It only seated 48,446, compared to the Metrodome's 64,111.
    If we couldn't fill a 48k seat outdoor stadium when the Vikings were perennial super bowl contenders, how on earth do some people think we would fill a 68k outdoor stadium during slumps?
    We never came close to consistently selling out the Dome either until Moss came to town. For many years the team had to use the (Pillsbury?) money to buy up tickets so the game would be on TV. And those were successful years too.

    The idea that putting in a 1 billion dollar stadium where a hotdog will be 7 dollars, parking will require a mortgage and the ticket prices and gas over 4 dollars, you are sadly mistaken to think that a stadium like that will be sold out for any extended period of time. The difference is, instead of having a 68 million dollar investment that supports 2 pro teams and a college football program that doesn't sell out consistently, we will have a 1 billion dollar stadium for the Vikings and another 1 billion between the twins and gophers that won't sell out collectively between them. It is a fantasy to think building a new facility will change the culture of a population that really doesn't place a high value on that.

    Whether you like to admit it or not, the population in the region is just not big enough and the loyal fan base is not big enough to support all of these stadiums at a capacity level no matter what you build.

    If you want to fill it, put in a casino, those don't seem to have as much of a problem putting butts in the seats. ;D

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    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    Although I would have loved to go watch the Purple People Eaters play there, compared to todays standards, and even comparing to the worst stadium in the NFL, that is one poohie stadium, especially for football.
    There are some parts where the lower level stands are 40 yards away from the field.
    Yup.
    And despite all the talk about the "hardy" people going to the games, that wasn't the case in the Old Met.

    Even during the height of Vikings greatness, during the Purple People Eater days, they had a hard time selling out regular season games in the winter.
    And that is something considering the Met was much smaller than the Metrodome.
    It only seated 48,446, compared to the Metrodome's 64,111.
    If we couldn't fill a 48k seat outdoor stadium when the Vikings were perennial super bowl contenders, how on earth do some people think we would fill a 68k outdoor stadium during slumps?
    We never came close to consistently selling out the Dome either until Moss came to town. For many years the team had to use the (Pillsbury?) money to buy up tickets so the game would be on TV. And those were successful years too.

    The idea that putting in a 1 billion dollar stadium where a hotdog will be 7 dollars, parking will require a mortgage and the ticket prices and gas over 4 dollars, you are sadly mistaken to think that a stadium like that will be sold out for any extended period of time. The difference is, instead of having a 68 million dollar investment that supports 2 pro teams and a college football program that doesn't sell out consistently, we will have a 1 billion dollar stadium for the Vikings and another 1 billion between the twins and gophers that won't sell out collectively between them. It is a fantasy to think building a new facility will change the culture of a population that really doesn't place a high value on that.

    Whether you like to admit it or not, the population in the region is just not big enough and the loyal fan base is not big enough to support all of these stadiums at a capacity level no matter what you build.

    If you want to fill it, put in a casino, those don't seem to have as much of a problem putting butts in the seats. ;D
    Of course the population can't support three stadiums at full capacity.
    I never said, nor implied, that.
    That is one of the big reasons that the Twins and Gopher stadiums are being built smaller than the dome.
    But whether or not the Twins or Gophers sell out really has nothing to do with it.
    We have shown over the 26 year life of the Metrodome that the Vikings will sell out a lot more often than not.
    Since '98 we have sold 60k+ tickets to every game, needing corporate help to snatch up the remaining for the first time in that streak last year.
    I am not expecting the culture to change at all - I expect it to remain the same, which would continue to fill the Vikings stadium to capacity.
    After the shiny new feel of the stadium wears off in a couple of years, the Vikings would be the only one selling out on a consistent basis - yet they are the ones without a stadium under construction.
    Good planning Minnesota.

    I do find it humorous that you project your own personal preferences for minimalistic approaches onto the entire Vikings fan base.
    Believe it or not, the fan base has changed considerably since the days of the old Met.
    The median age may be the same, but the age range is much greater.
    Part of that is due to the fact that all people, young and old, can enjoy a Vikings game.
    I would hate to see them throw that away just for a nostalgic idea of what outdoor football used to be, especially considering that 1/3 to 1/2 (if not more) of the season ticket holders never went to a outdoor game in frigid weather.
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    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    I was at a Vikes/Rams playoff game when I was a kid, I think the one where Bobby Bryant blocked a FG and ran the ball back for a TD to ice the game and a trip to the Super Bowl.
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    "singersp" wrote:
    The last time I was there it was for baseball, not football.

    The twins still had Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva & Rod Carew. It had to be the early 70's


    Here's one I'll never forget Singer.... Rod Carew called me
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    at the wall near third base in Fenway Park.
    I was only maybe 12 years old, so it had to be around 1972.....LOL



    It's a long story

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