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The east side of downtown Minneapolis, Minn. will be the site of one of the largest redevelopment projects in the city's history when the Metrodome, which opened in 1982, is torn down and replaced with a new Vikings stadium, Wells Fargo office towers and a park. Jeffrey Thompson/MPR News
Adrian Peterson has played his final down in 2013.
The Minnesota Vikings have downgraded their star running back to out for Sunday's season finale against the Detroit Lions. Peterson continues to deal with groin and foot issues that have slowed his production.
"If we felt like he was ready, he'd be out there," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said, via ESPN.com.
Peterson has struggled to regain his brilliant form from 2012, when he captured league MVP honors and came within 9 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson's all-time single-season rushing record.
I have two.
1) Kent Hrbek's home run against the Tigers in the 1987 Championship Series. I was 5 years old and with my grandpa, and I remember it being the loudest thing I had ever heard; adults were going bananas.
2) I played baseball while attending Macalester, and I lost one ball in the dome roof in my playing career, during my sophomore year. I specifically remember the feeling of helplessness as I was frantically searching for that descending sphere. The experience created instant empathy with the hundreds or thousands of other ball players that also were made foolish by the teflon sky. -- Paul Odegaard, Minneapolis.
About 6,000 fans went into the dome last night to walk on the field one more time, play catch in the end-zone and reminisce about some of the 32 seasons in the stadium. Tim Czmowski is a season ticket holder from Sioux Falls. He remembers watching a not-so great moment, the 1998 Division championship when the Vikings missed a field goal and lost in overtime. Most fans at the stadium say they are looking forward to a new stadium in 2016, although they're apprehensive about the next two seasons watching games outdoors at TCF Bank stadium.
What is your most memorable moment from the Metrodome?
"Game 6 of the 1991 World Series. Not just because of the game and it's meaning but I became homeless for several years and lost a lot. As I rebuild my life I don't have any belongings prior to 2001. Nothing from my childhood except my ticket stub from the game. It is the one possession from my childhood. Making it my most powerful childhood memory," -- Greg Staffa, St. Cloud.
"You would be hard pressed to find any stadium in the country that hosted so many major sports moments in one 30-year period," -- Kevin Watterson, Minneapolis.