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Sarah Thurmond
November 22, 2004
Who knew This Side of Paradise was written in the land of purple pros?
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November 22, 2004

Vikingville

Who knew This Side of Paradise was written in the land of purple pros?

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NOV. 21 >> DETROIT LIONS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS >> NOON CST

[1] BUNNY'S BAR & GRILL Coach Mike Tice has his own parking space--reserved by a purple sign with TICE written in gold. [2] MALL OF AMERICA U.S.'s "largest retail and entertainment complex" is on site of old Metropolitan Stadium. The popular Tuesday hangout for players has more than 500 stores, 50 restaurants and a theme park with two roller coasters. Last month free-agent TE Sean Berton was headed to Hooters here when Tice called wanting to re-sign him. [3] METROPOLITAN STADIUM Opened in 1956 as home of minor league Minneapolis Millers, then hosted Vikings and Twins from '61 to '81. [4] NICOLLET MALL AND 7TH STREET Site of TV's most famous hat toss--in the opening credits of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970--77). An eight-foot bronze sculpture of Moore as Mary Richards was unveiled here in '02. [5] HOTEL SOFITEL Formerly L'Hotel de France, where Yankees manager Billy Martin punched out marshmallow salesman Joseph Cooper on a late night in October 1979. [6] PAUL BUNYAN STATE TRAIL Where ax-swingin' man of legend and Babe (that would be his blue ox) roamed. [7] CHAIN OF LAKES Newly reelected state supreme court justice Alan Page, ex-Viking and Hall of Fame defensive tackle, often runs here. In '79 Page was first active NFLer to run a marathon. [8] THE CLUB FORMERLY KNOWN AS FIRST AVENUE Where Prince filmed scenes for 1984's Purple Rain. Club closed this month after going bankrupt; expects to reopen soon. [9] GOVERNOR'S MANSION Former pro wrestler and Reform Party stud Jesse (the Body) Ventura closed mansion in '02 cost-saving measure. While governor from '99 to '03 he was also on Vince McMahon's payroll as an XFL commentator. [10] 599 SUMMIT AVENUE Where St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote This Side of Paradise; in 1919 he raced up and down street upon news of Scribner's buying book. A few years earlier Fitzgerald had been cut from Princeton's freshman football team. [11] NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CLUB Where several Vikings--including Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper--work up a sweat in off-season. [12] NORDEAST NEIGHBORHOOD Shooting locale for scenes in Fargo, in which Frances McDormand plays plain-speaking Minnesota police chief Marge Gunderson. [13] JOE SENSER'S SPORTS GRILL & BAR Owned by former Vikings TE and current radio analyst Joe Senser, who scored the first TD at the Metrodome. -- Sarah Thurmond

[14] HUBERT HUMPHREY METRODOME

? COST TO BUILD: $68 million
? FIRST FOOTBALL GAME: Sept. 12, 1982 (Vikes 17, Bucs 10)
? FIRST BASEBALL GAME: April 6, 1982 (Mariners 11, Twins 7)
? SUPER BOWLS HOSTED: One. Only venue to host a Super Bowl ('92), World Series ('87, '91), baseball All-Star Game ('85) and NCAA Final Four ('92, '01)
? NUMBER OF IN-LINERS WHO SKATE ON UPPER AND LOWER CONCOURSES EACH YEAR: 30,000
? AMOUNT OF TEFLON COVERING DOME: 10 acres, enough to cover 836,355 10-inch frying pans

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