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Date Opened Oct. 21, 1967
Demolished Dec. 13, 1994
Venue Capacity 15,000
Venue URL
Venue Address 7901 Cedar Avenue
Bloomington, MN 55420

Venue Information

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, seated 15,000. It was home to the Minnesota North Stars of the NHL from 1967-1993 and ABAs Minnesota Muskies. The Muskies played just one season, before moving to Miami. They were replaced by the Minnesota Pipers, who also played only one season. The MISL Minnesota Strikers played indoor soccer at the Met Center from 1984-1988. The Boys High School Hockey Tournament was also held there. For its first 15 years, it was known as the Metropolitan Sports Center; the shorter name was adopted in 1982.

The Met Center was considered to be one of the finest arenas in the NHL for many years, both for its sightlines, and its ice surface. Among NHL players, the Met was known for fast ice, the best lighting, great locker rooms and training facilities. The Met never boasted fancy amenities, and by comparison to modern arenas it had cramped concourses, no luxury suites, and very few frills. As a sports facility, it could best be described as utilitarian, a theme which repeats itself in most Minnesota sports facilities built before 1988 (such as the Metrodome).

The Met Center was demolished in 1994 after the North Stars moved to Dallas, Texas, becoming the Dallas Stars. Three attempts were made to undertake a controlled implosion of the building, but none was sufficient to bring it down. As a result, the arena had to be demolished using the usual heavy equipment.

For several years after the arena was demolished, the property served as an overflow lot for the Mall of America. In 2004, an IKEA store opened on the west end of the property, and the new American Boulevard was rerouted through the east end of the property. The remainder of the site is planned long-term to become the site of Mall of America Phase II, of which the IKEA would be an anchor store.

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