You may not know this but I grew up in Minnesota. I know, it's like I never mention it! Anyway, this means I went to a lot of games at the Metrodome, which is now, officially, gone. (http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_25585676/metrodome-demolition-done-early)

It gives me mixed emotions to think about it. Sure, the place was a dump, but it was my dump! My dad had Vikings season tickets for about 30 years so I practically grew up there. I can't tell you how many great players I saw pass through that building. You have your baseball greats like Kirby Puckett (still my all-time favorite ballplayer), Ken Griffey, Jr., Pedro Martinez, Cal Ripken, Jr., (I saw him get his 3,000th career hit there) Alex Rodriguez and many more. I saw football legends like Cris Carter, Randy Moss, Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre (playing both for and against the Vikings). I caught a few Gophers games there and even sat in the row furthest away from the court when Duke beat Arizona for the 2001 national championship (and I have fond memories of watching Iowa State play first and second round games there in 2000). For better or worse, there was no place like dome! Plus, we'll always have this old chestnut...