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Vikings to Play Final Game at Metrodome, Fans Say 'Goodbye'

Updated: 12/27/2013 4:43 PM
Created: 12/27/2013 7:01 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

It’s the end of an era.

The Minnesota Vikings’ last game at the Metrodome is at noon this Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

The Vikings plan to honor former center Matt Birk before their final game at the Dome; Birk will serve as an honorary captain.
    
The Vikings originally drafted Birk in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He spent 11 seasons with the Vikings and four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
    
Birk earned Pro Bowl honors six times during his career. He was the 2011 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year and capped his NFL career as a member of the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl last February. Birk retired following the 2012 season.

Remaining tickets for the season finale start at $129.

Other events taking place this weekend will give fans a chance to say “goodbye” to the Dome.

The team will host a “Last Season, Last Call” event Saturday where season ticket-holders get one last chance to take photos on the field, near the Vikings ship or in the team’s locker room.

Friday is also the last day to rollerblade in the Metrodome. For several years, the “Rollerdome” has been a place for inline skaters to take laps around the indoor concourse. The final skate is from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday. It’s open to the public but is expected to be packed.

Meanwhile, fans who want a piece of Metrodome history can now buy the stadium's bright-blue seats.
    
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Friday that Albrecht Sign Co. of Fridley was awarded the contract to remove and sell the dome's seats.
    
Albrecht will remove more than 60,000 of the stadium's seats. The company will sell seats in sets of three to six to the public for $60 a seat.
    
Non-profit groups and community organizations will be charged $40 a seat.
    
Anyone requesting a specific seat will be charged $80 a seat.
    
The seats will be removed by Jan. 18, when the power will be turned off at the Metrodome and its roof deflated.
 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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