In roller skating, as in dangling from the edge of a cliff, it’s important not to let a fear of falling make you miss an opportunity to hold someone’s hand. Don’t leave today’s Groupon hanging at Rollerdome in the Metrodome. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two admissions with skate rentals (up to a $23 value).
- For $20, you get four admissions with skate rentals (up to a $46 value).<p>
Nestled under the inflatable ceiling of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome—home to the Minneapolis Vikings—Rollerdome in the Metrodome allots skaters half-mile concrete loops to zip about. After shielding feet in a pair of Rollerblade inline skates, novice bladers can master fundamentals on the downstairs rink while proficient participants hug or exchange numbers with the second level’s inside lanes. Ten helmeted staffers supervise beginners and recreational skaters as a DJ spins danceable grooves and Top 40 hits. All customers can park their automobiles or engine-powered rocking horses in the arena’s free lot.
For most of the year, the outer concourses of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome fill with the aromas of hot dogs and grilled onions to feed hungry fans during Vikings and Twins games. But from November through April, the smooth concrete floors of those same concourses become the skating surface for the Rollerblade RollerDome. Skaters have taken over the Metrodome every winter for decades, including in 1993, when Jonathan Seutter set a Guinness World Record there by skating 271 miles in 24 hours. The half-mile concrete loops provide the ideal conditions for speed skaters and beginners alike. On the upper level, experienced skaters get a cardio workout with separate alleys for speed skating and leisurely coasting. On the lower level, kids and novices can take their time while skating along to music spun by onsite DJs and really hip spiders.