Our Metrodome: A Retrospective

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Our Metrodome: A Retrospective

Bill Lester, Former Executive Director, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission

For 25 years as executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, Bill Lester managed the Metrodome, He took over the commission in 1987, succeeding Jerry Bell, who resigned to become president of the Twins. Before joining the commission, he worked for the Metropolitan Council for 11 years.  Bill is the recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stadium Managers Association During his time at the helm, the Metrodome was the home of the Vikings, the Twins and the Gophers football team. It also hosted the World Series in 1987 and 1991, baseball's All Star Game in 1985, the 1992 Super Bowl, and NCAA Final Four basketball championships in 1992 and 2001. It also was home for the Timberwolves during the team's inaugural season, and host of the 1991 International Special Olympics. Bill has kept busy in the industry since leaving the Metrodome. In addition to being a consultant, he has been a Minnesota basketball coach for the U.S. Special Olympics in Princeton, N.J., and currently serves as ambassador for the Senior Games that will be hosted in the Twin Cities in 2015