Metropolitan Stadium

100_9242— Matt Nelson

Shopping and baseball. They don’t usually go together. However, a visit to the Mall of America provides both.

If you visit the mall you’re at the old site of Metropolitan Stadium. Met Stadium was home to the Minnesota Twins and Vikings from 1961-1981. It also hosted the Minneapolis Millers prior to the Twins arrival, and also the Minnesota Kicks soccer team.

100_9243Home plate is marked with a gold marker in the ground. That location is in a walkway in the NW section of the Mall of America’s theme park, “Nickelodeon Universe.” It is a little wierd to see roller coasters and think that Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew used to play here, but at least it’s safer than visiting many other lost ballpark sites which are now located in rough neighborhoods.

100_9247The other signficant marker that honors Metropolitan Stadium is a red seat mounted on a wall near the Log Chute. That seat marks where Harmon Killebrew hit the longest home run at Met Stadium on June 3, 1967. It’s estimated that the ball traveled 520 feet. Killebrew finished his career with 573 dingers!



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