Long Time Employees at Dome See Jobs Go With Building

Updated: 12/30/2013 11:25 PM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

Brenda Rosemark has worked at the Metrodome for 26 years. Even though she's been there for a Super Bowl, two World Series and countless other games and events, chances are you've never noticed her, or Pat Jackson, or Karen Erickson.

They have been part of the behind the scenes workers who make sure fans have plenty to eat and drink. Rosemark, Jackson and Erickson all work for Centerplate, a food service company.

There are other behind the scenes employees that help keep the Metrodome operating smoothly, including cleaning crews and security. According to Rosemark, "We're the other team, we're just not on the field."

Moments after the Vikings last game at the dome, crews began work on the demolition of the old stadium and construction of the team's new home. But, since the new stadium will be built on the same site, the Vikings will move to TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota for two seasons. This means full and part time employees at the dome will be out of work.

Rosemark says it's more people than most fans are aware, "Just with Centerplate we're around 1,000 people."

Because workers are already in place at TCF Bank Stadium, there will not be a job available for each employee sidelined by the new stadium project. Erickson is Operations Controller for Centerplate. She says jobs will be lost, "I think there will be a lot of people that'll have some tough times coming up without employment here. At least for the next couple of years."

According to Rosemark the company that won the contract at the new stadium is making an effort to find jobs for former dome workers, but the new stadium doesn't open for two years and how many workers will be needed is still unknown.

Saying goodbye to friends has been tough, according to Rosemark, "It's very emotional, there's a lot of people that we see every day that we're not going to see anymore."