The Twins are wrapping up their long, climate-controlled tenure at the Metrodome this weekend. And for all the crap the marshmallow-esque stadium has gotten from fans over the years, the place has hosted plenty of happy memories. When the Twins shocked everybody (including themselves) and reached the 1987 World Series, it was the first time that it had been played indoors. During those games and the 1991 World Series, the fans cheered so loudly that it matched the decibel levels of a jet. Three players, including St. Paul native Dave Winfield, got their 3,000th hits in the Dome. And no Twins fan will ever forget Kirby Puckett's unreal performance in game six of the '91 World Series with the amazing center-field catch against the wall and the walk-off homer forcing a seventh game. To commemorate the end of this historic and historically disliked home field, the Twins are hosting a fan appreciation weekend as they compete against the Kansas City Royals. All fans attending the games get a Target Field calendar, and Sunday will feature a ceremony marking the club's final game under the roof. And if the Twins get lucky, this the final series at the Dome could have playoff ramifications. Now that would be a great way to close the Metrodome.
Fri., Oct. 2, 7:10 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 3, 6:10 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 4, 1:10 p.m., 2009