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Met Stadium

Sixty-five years ago, Bloomington’s Metropolitan Stadium was officially dedicated at a game featuring the Minneapolis Millers and Wichita Braves.

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Metropolitan Stadium dedication 

Sixty-five years ago, Bloomington’s Metropolitan Stadium was officially dedicated at a game featuring the Minneapolis Millers and Wichita Braves. The Millers were a minor-league baseball team that played in Minnesota until 1960.

A bond drive led by local businesses known as the Minneapolis Minutemen financed construction of a stadium for the Millers in Bloomington. Originally seating fewer than 20,000 fans, Metropolitan Stadium evolved into a combination of single, double and triple-deck stands without roofs. Gusty winds from the northwest helped right-handed hitters, earning the park a reputation as a home run haven. Metropolitan Stadium entered the big leagues in 1961 when the Washington Senators moved to Bloomington and became the Minnesota Twins. The Twins played their last baseball game in Metropolitan Stadium on September 30, 1981.