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The Sports Xchange, Published January 18 2014

VIDEO: Metrodome roof deflated for final time

MINNEAPOLIS - The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was deflated Saturday as part of its gradual demolition.

The Metrodome served as home of the Minnesota Twins from 1982-2008 and the Minnesota Vikings from 1982-2013. The Twins have since moved into outdoor Target Field and the Vikings are planning to build a new stadium at the dome's site.

For the past few weeks, workers have removed items from the dome, including seats. However, the latest stage of its demolition involved deflating the Teflon-coated fiberglass roof, which took about 35 minutes. A replay of the roof's deflation can be seen via video on Vikings.com.

Aside from housing the Twins and Vikings, the Metrodome hosted Super Bowl XXVI and two NCAA men's Final Fours. Weather caused the dome's roof to collapse four times during its history, most recently in 2010.

The Vikings will play their home games at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for the next two seasons while their $1 billion fixed-roof stadium is being built.