It’s not quite like bricks from Ebbets Field, but some Minnesota entrepreneurs are hoping to score with sports collectors who like a stadium collectible that’s a little different–maybe the first of its kind. You remember the Metrodome roof video right? Snow pouring through tears in the roof and onto the turf, forcing the Vikings out of their home? Now, a Twin Cities entrepreneur is hoping to score by selling pieces of the recently replaced roof on a new website.
It’s unique–there’s no doubt about that.
The old teflon roof went down in a heap after a big snowstorm and the spectacular Metrodome roof video has generated over 10 million views since it was first posted online.
TheMetrodomeRoof.com has acquired a significant portion of the actual collapsed roof material and has produced memorabilia such as Limited Edition printed shapes of Minnesota, pennants, footballs and baseballs to honor the 1987 and 1991 Twins World Champions and the Vikings.
It’s priced reasonably enough–nothing over $30.
Local entrepreneur Guy Nelson was determined to be the guy who bought the roof and his effort paid off. Not long after seeing the video of the Metrodome roof collapsing, Nelson was on the phone trying to buy it. After six months of calls,emails and meetings, Nelson finally obtained majority interest in the actual material.
“Much of the roof had to be destroyed by demolition due to safety and logistics,but a great portion of it was still able to be salvaged,” Nelson says. “I just couldn’t believe I got my hands on this material…it is pretty exciting to have a large piece of Twins and Vikings history and be able to share a piece of it with fans across the world.”
“I also think the best thing about this is that we are able to be ‘green’and prevent acres of this material from going into local landfills where it could be for a over a thousand years and now can be cherished in your office,sports room or man cave,” he explains on the company website. “I am also wanting to ‘give back’and want a generous portion of the proceeds to benefit Make a Wish program. I really believe in Cause Marketing and people will feel good about their purchase as well knowing kids will benefit too. Its just a win-win all around no matter how you look at it….recycling and being ‘green’,a charity benefits from the success,sports fans can get and cherish a genuine and authentic piece of Metrodome Memory and I can make a living as well.”
The new roof went up in July at a cost of more than $20 million. A highly publicized and anticipated open house was held at the Metrodome and the first 3,000 who came through received a free sample of the old roof. Thousands showed up and not everyone was lucky enough to receive a section of the covering that was in place for the 1987 and ’97 World Series, 1992 Super Bowl, 1985 All Star Game, 1992 and 2001 NCAA Final Four,Cal Ripken’s, Eddie Murray and Dave Windfield’s 3,000th hit, Adrian Peterson’s NFL single game rushing record and more.
The new product line was just launched Minnesota State Fair this year at the Grandstand and offered as ‘Dome on a Stick’.