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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Dec 31 2013 @ 2:41 am In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments

The Vikings closed their 2013 season with a modest 14-13 win over Detroit on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to save Leslie Frazier’s job.  Frazier getting fired, however, is not the biggest story coming out of the final game of the season.  No, this season Minnesota finished 5-10-1, so the coach getting fired shouldn’t be a stunner.  The big story on Sunday was that the contest between the Lions and the Vikings would be the final game played in the Metrodome(aka Mall of America field).

This dome has been home for the Vikings for the past 32 years.  It has been memorable in so many ways.  Fans have been able to see great teams and great players over the course of three decades.  Pro Bowlers like Anthony Carter, Tommy Kramer, Duante Culpepper, and Jared Allen.  Hall of Famers(current and future) such as Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel, Warren Moon, Brett Favre, John Randle, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson, and oh yeah, Bud Grant.  Yes, Mr Freeze coached in the dome too.  Minnesota fans have been treated to some amazing football inside of this venue.  Of course, while the stadium hosted a Super Bowl, the Vikings never went to the big game while in the Metrodome.  That remains a huge disappointment for so many fans.  While Minnesota has been to four Super Bowls, I have never seen one, and that really applies to the last two generations of Viking fans.  Yet, there have been have been signature moments, both good and bad.  Whether it was the 15-1 season in 1998 that appeared to be destined for a championship, or the gut-wrenching ending to that season at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons, in the only NFC Championship game ever played at the Metrodome.  The stadium itself has been called the Hubert H. Metrodome, Mall of America Field, and yes, the Rollerdome, thank you Mike Ditka.  If nothing else, this venue never lacked character.

There were plenty of teary eyes as the Vikings welcomed former players like Matt Birk, Robert Smith, and coach Bud Grant to close the stadium, but Smith expressed an excellent sentiment when he told fans not to cry for the memories, but instead smile for the future.  Good advice for the fans and whoever their new coach is.

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