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Metropolitan Stadium & Metropolitan Sports Center (Thunderbird Motel 1)


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METROPOLITAN STADIUM: American Association Minneapolis Millers Baseball Club (1956-1960), MLB Minnesota Twins (1961-1981), NFL Minnesota Vikings Football Team (1961-1981), and North American Soccer League (NASL) Kicks (1976-1981)

In the 1950s, major league owners Calvin Griffith and Horace Stoneham called the stadium the finest facility in the minors; Stoneham added that it was better than all but two major league stadiums of the time. Indeed, the Met's primary purpose was to attract a big-league team to the area. The NFL was also interested in placing a team at the Met. The Chicago Cardinals moved two of their home games against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles to Bloomington for the 1959 NFL season.

The Millers were then the top farm team of Stoneham's New York Giants, and there was some hope or expectation that the Giants might relocate there. Under major league rules of the time, the Giants had priority rights to a major league team in the Twin Cities. The Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators also seriously considered moving there. However, the Giants chose to follow the Brooklyn Dodgers to the west coast. San Francisco had long been home to the Pacific Coast League's San Francisco Seals, the top farm team of the Boston Red Sox. As part of the deal, the Millers' parent team then became the Red Sox. The Red Sox were certainly not planning to move anywhere. However, in 1961, another American League entry, the Washington Senators, did, to become the Minnesota Twins. The Millers and their perennial crosstown rival St. Paul Saints were then promptly folded by Major League Baseball. The Twins were joined that fall by an NFL expansion team, the Minnesota Vikings.

METROPOLITAN SPORTS CENTER: Minnesota North Stars (NHL) (1967-1993) Minnesota Muskies (ABA) (1967-1968) Minnesota Pipers (ABA) (1968-1969) Minnesota Fillies (WBL) (1978-1980) Minnesota Kicks (NASL) (1979-1981) Minnesota Strikers (MISL) (1984-1988)

The Met Center was an indoor arena that formerly stood in Bloomington, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The arena, which was completed in 1967 just to the north of Metropolitan Stadium, seated 15,000. It was best known as the home of the Minnesota North Stars of the NHL from 1967-1993. For its first 15 years, its official name was the Metropolitan Sports Center; the more familiar shorter name was adopted in 1982.

The Met's other tenants included the ABA's Minnesota Muskies, which played just one season before moving to Miami. They were replaced by the Minnesota Pipers, who also played only one season. The North American Soccer League Minnesota Kicks played two indoor seasons at the Met from 1979 to 1981. The MISL Minnesota Strikers played indoor soccer at the Met Center from 1984-1988.

Unused 8 1/4" x 3 1/2" jumbo size chrome postcard.

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