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Why I Bought A Metrodome Seat [PHOTOS]

Jen Jacobs

I didn’t think I would get it, but I wound up with a piece of history in my home.

When I heard that the Minnesota Vikings were getting a new stadium, I remembered back to the first time I ever saw the Metrodome. I was in third grade. I had never been to Minneapolis before and I was there to have my tonsils taken out. We were in this huge office building and the nurse was trying to distract me as I was being medicated. She pointed out the Metrodome and said that’s where the Vikings played football and  Minnesota Twins played baseball. I thought that was the coolest thing ever, and then the Twins went on to win the World Series that same year, and I saw where it happened!

Fast forward to 1992. I was obsessed with music. Particularly Metallica (their iconic Black album had just been released) and it was announced that they were going to hit the road with Guns n’ Roses. I would have sold a kidney to go to that concert. I begged and begged and begged to go. Imagine my surprise when my mom said that if I wanted to go, I had to get up before the crack of dawn on a Saturday morning to go and stand in line for tickets. Not a problem! It was my very first concert and I got to see my favorite band! That was amazing and one of my most favorite concerts ever.

The next year, Minnesota hosted the Super Bowl. It was the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills. Holy cow. What a circus. It wasn’t as big as it is now, but still. We got to host the Super Bowl, and Glen (my husband) was there. He was working in radio at the time and had a ticket offered to him. He’s a huge sports fan, so naturally he jumped at the chance to go. He told me about the limo ride to and from the game. The limo wasn’t big enough for everyone, so he had to take turns sitting on the floor.

One band I always remember from my whole life is the Rolling Stones. My parents just love the Rolling Stones. My mom and dad grew up in their hey day, but never, ever got to go and see them, so when the group came to Minnesota, they played the Metrodome and my mom and dad finally got to see the Rolling Stones.

I also got to see Ozzfest there in 1997 and the 2003 Summer Sanitarium Tour with Metallica, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Deftones.

Back in the fall of 2010, Glen and I began dating and not long afterward, we were already talking about getting married. That November, we made plans to go away together. He suggested Duluth and I’m never one to say no to the North Shore, so we left after work on Friday, December 10. Typically when we head in that direction, it’s very easy to disconnect, so we didn’t have our phones on and didn’t really watch TV at all, but we knew that weekend the Twin Cities was in the bull’s eye of a very large storm system with over a foot and a half of snow predicted. We were safe and sound up north, so imagine our surprise when we got back to civilization and learned that the Metrodome roof had collapsed!

Growing up within a few minutes of such an iconic building, it was always part of our lives and part of the skyline, so it’s going to be odd not seeing it, but I will always be reminded of it and all of its glory every time I look at that iconic blue seat that bears the number of my lucky softball jersey.

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