Flashback Friday: Met Center demolished 25 years ago

Updated: December 13, 2019 02:17 PM

Dec. 13, 1994 marked a sad day for many Minnesota hockey fans.

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, home to the Minnesota North Stars, was demolished.


The $6 million arena was built in 1967, just in time for the North Stars' first home game.

According to, in 1967, NHL President Clarence Campbell said, "This is the finest hockey arena I've ever been in, both in terms of comfort and convenience of the spectators and facilities it provides for the presentation of the game and the accommodation of the teams."

Along with the North Stars, the center was home to the American Basketball Association's Minnesota Muskies for one season, as well as the Minnesota Pipers. The MISL Minnesota Strikers also played indoor soccer at the center from 1984 to 1988.

Following the 1992-1993 NHL season, the Minnesota North Stars franchise was moved to Dallas, becoming the Dallas Stars.

The Met Center was later demolished on Dec. 13, 1994.

"This was a sad day for Minnesota hockey fans," former North Star defenseman Tom Reid told KSTP.

There were three attempts for a controlled implosion, however, none of them were able to completely bring the building down, according to

Because the implosions did not work, the arena was demolished through the use of a wrecking ball.

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