Unveiled home plate marker


Metrodome home plate site marked with plaque

Ceremony at US Bank Stadium on Tuesday

December 11, 2018 - 7:45 am

The Metrodome is gone, but it won't be forgotten.  

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority now has a bronze marker at US Bank Stadium to show where home plate was located in the former home of the Twins.  

The plaque was officially dedicated on Tuesday, with former Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek, manager Tom Kelly, and University of Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson among the guests of honor for the ceremony.

The plate

A regulation home plate covered the plaque until Hrbek and Kelly teamed up to slid away the slab of rubber.

"What great memories of standing right here," said Hrbek. "When they tore the dome down, I literally cried."

Kent Hrbek

Construction started on the Metrodome in 1979 and the Twins played home games there from 1982-2009. The stadium and its inflated fabric roof was torn down to make way for construction of US Bank Stadium.

The new facility also hosts baseball games, but home plate in the new configuration is located in the stadium's southeast corner.

When the Twins played at the Metrodome, home plate was in the building's southwestern corner, adjacent to where the new Vikings Legacy Ship is now standing.

The commemorative plaque is on the main concourse of the new stadium.

The marker is similar to the plaque on the floor of Mall of America, which marks the site of home plate for the Twins' first home, Metropolitan Stadium.

"Every time I go over to the Mall of America and walk around there, I make sure I stop by and check out home plate, it was home for me," said Hrbek, whose career spanned the Twins' first two ballparks.  "Now, when I come and watch football, I'm going to stop by here and make sure I step on, take a peek at home plate, because it's a very memorable place for me."

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