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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
ATH: A piece of Met Stadium for the road?

By Ben Goessling

Welcome to Around the Horns, our daily look at what's happening on the Vikings beat:

The Vikings will play their final game at the Metrodome on Sunday afternoon, and the team has already said it will have extra security on the field to prevent a repeat of what happened the last time the team shut down a stadium.

That happened on Dec. 20, 1981, when the Vikings lost a 10-6 game to the Kansas City Chiefs at old Met Stadium, which was home to the Vikings and Minnesota Twins in 1961-81. The stadium was slated for demolition as the Vikings and Twins moved to the new downtown dome, and the site in suburban Bloomington was repurposed for what would become the Mall of America. But before the stadium was razed, fans stormed the field to take home a piece -- any piece -- of the Met.

Thanks to the brilliance of YouTube and the diligence of Viking Update's John Holler, we get to watch a nine-minute cutup of two Twin Cities newscasts from the day of the Vikings' final game at Met Stadium. (Just search for "last Vikings home game at Met Stadium.") The footage, from TV stations WCCO and KSTP, shows fans making off with pieces of the Met's scoreboard, sound system, seats and even its turf. There's also a promotion for former Vikings receiver (and eventual TV personality) Ahmad Rashad's sports show toward the end.

The entire thing is worth watching, especially if you're nostalgic for outdoor football and looking forward to the Vikings' next two years at TCF Bank Stadium, but we'd particularly recommend tuning in around the 6:17 mark, for a lively altercation between a fan who disapproves of the raid and a drunken reveler, caught on camera and highlighted by the phrase, "Get out of here, you creep!"

They just don't do TV newscasts like they used to.

Here are today's other Vikings stories of note: