Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Minneapolis
WEEK 15: CHICAGO AT MINNESOTA, Dec. 17, 8:30 p.m. ET
• Stadium name: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
• Address: 900 S. Fifth St., Minneapolis, MN 55415
• Capacity: 64,121
• Opened: 1982
• Surface: FieldTurf
• Distance from downtown Minneapolis: The stadium is located in the city center
• Web site: Stadium | Seating chart | Directions
• Parking: There is no on-site parking available. But there is ample parking at public lots near the stadium. Prices vary. Call the Vikings at 612-338-4537 for details.
• Alternative transportation options: Public transportation is available directly to the Metrodome on Metro Transit. For more information, click here.
• Unique stadium features: The most notable accessory is The "Helga Hat" a Vikings helmet with blond braids dangling out the back. You will hear the Vikings Horn sounding often (especially if Adrian Peterson has his way with the Bears again) and the singing of the team's fight song, "Skol, Vikings" (Skol Vikings! Let's win this game. Skol Vikings! Honor your name.) after each score. Members of the Ring of Honor are recognized with a banner on the facade of the Metrodome's upper deck; included are Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton, Bud Grant, Carl Eller, Ron Yary, Paul Krause, Jim Finks and Alan Page.
• W-L records on Monday night:
Chicago: 18-32 (Most recent appearance: Defeated St. Louis 42-27, Dec. 11, 2006)
Minnesota: 23-23 (Most recently: Lost to New England 31-7, Oct. 30, 2006)
• Biggest events held at stadium: It's been called "ugly," a big baggie, a jello mold and other derisive names, but despite its reputation as a non-descript dome it has hosted most of the major sports events in North America. Some of the biggest: Super Bowl XXVI (1992), the World Series (1987, 1991), the NCAA Final Four (1992, 2001), the 1985 MLB All-Star Game, the NFC Championship Game (January 1999) and the 2006 MLB ALDS (Twins vs. Athletics).
• Stadium tour info: Tours are over until April, but contact the Vikings at 612-335-3309 for more information.
• StubHub! tickets: Web site
For more information, call the Vikings ticket hot line at 612-338-4537. Ticket-office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Web site
FOOD & DRINK
• Food options inside the stadium: Fairly ordinary (like the dome, itself, some might say). In addition to the usual fare of hot dogs, bratwurst and nachos at Field Fare locations throughout, the Metrodome has Famous Dave's beef and pork platters, Papa John's pizza and the Minnesota Carving Board, with hand-carved turkey or beef sandwich platters.
• Tailgating scene outside the stadium: Well, it is hit and miss because there are few lots in which you can actually party. The Vikings' Purple and Gold tailgate lots are located on South Fourth Street, just west of the Metrodome. Along with tailgating amenities, expect visits from the Vikings cheerleaders, the Vikings Street Team and other special guests.
• Beer selection/prices: Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Lite and Michelob Golden Draft Light bottles go for $6. Those domestics, plus specialty beers such as Leinenkugel, Summit and Finnegans, also are sold in 24-ounce drafts for $6. During the game only two alcoholic beverages are allowed to be purchased per person.
• Selected Minneapolis-area restaurants and sports bars:
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-339-9900 | Web site
Besides providing a place to rest, the Hyatt Regency offers some of the best steaks in the Midwest at Manny's. Rated in the top five in the United States by the Zagat Guide, Manny's is dark with leather accents. The top sellers include a 22-ounce porterhouse, bone-in rib eye and filet mignon. The restaurant also features varied wine and cigar lists.
900 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-338-0062 | Web site
This is considered one of the nation's best Spanish-style restaurants, featuring more than 40 kinds of tapas and a remarkable Spanish wine selection. The paella is scrumptious, as are the desserts.
100 N. Sixth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
612-335-5050 | Web site
A sports bar with an emphasis on great food. Turkey and chicken are roasted in rotisseries. Ribs are slowly basted for hours until they're falling off the bone.
Big Ten Restaurant & Bar
606 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-378-0467 | Web site
This establishment began in 1955 as a restaurant, bar and sub shop. Today, the Big Ten Sub is the most popular item. The Big Ten also serves hand-patted hamburgers and fresh-grilled chicken sandwiches, among many other items.
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