Minnesota’s Original Baseball Stadium

Metropolitan Stadium Under Construction

Construction of Metropolitan Stadium 12 22. 1955

Although the weather can be unpredictable in Minnesota, this scene was not photographed during baseball season. Taken 60 years ago today, December 22, 1955, this photograph predates the Twins baseball team by more than five years.

Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN is shown nearing completion here.

The caption reads:

Here’s something that should be a smile-bringer to bond drivers and bond buyers both as the Metropolitan Stadium push hits the final post. You see the Bloomington project stands are this far along looking from the right field approach. Johnson Drake and Piper, the construction firm in charge, says work is progressing very satisfactorily despite the weather. Both dugouts are in and you may see the first base bench in the picture. 12-22-55 photo – Chester Freden

Built  to attract a major league baseball team, Metropolitan Stadium was originally home to the American Association’s Minneapolis Millers. The stadium opened on April 24,1956 featuring a game between the Millers and the Wichita Braves.

In 1961 The Washington Senators relocated to Minnesota and became the Minnesota Twins and played in Metropolitan Stadium along with football’s Minnesota Vikings. The Twins moved after the 1981 season to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the Vikings final game in Metropolitan Stadium was December 20, 1981. Metropolitan Stadium was torn down in 1985 and the site is now occupied by the Mall of America.

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