Twins say goodbye to the comfy Metrodome

Written by Bob on October 12th, 2009

in front of apartment building  12 Oct 2009
Photo of Minnesota’s first 2009 snow fall by my sister Metta Marie Rogers of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN – The New York Yankees ousted the Twins from the American League Division Series with a 4-1 victory Sunday. And with the defeat, a 28-year run of playing “under cover” in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome comes to an end.

In 2010, the Twins will open their season on April 12 against the Boston Red Sox in their new Target Field in downtown Minneapolis. The Twins $412 million outdoor stadium.

Now, had the Twins won on Sunday, the playoffs would have continued today under miserable playing conditions “IF” the game had been played outdoors at Target Field.

About 4 inches of snow has fallen and the temperatures hover in the 30s. Just ideal for riding a snowmobile or ice fishing.

But outdoor baseball?

Imagine the misery sitting in an outdoor stadium in downtown Minneapolis in this kind of weather watching a baseball game.

I’ve been to the Metrodome. I’ve sat in the left field bleachers in climate controlled comfort enjoying a Twins game. While outdoors on that particular July day, the weather was hot and miserably humid.

Why anyone would want to leave the comfy confines of a domed stadium to return to outdoor baseball in Minnesota is beyond me.

I remember as a youngster in the 1960s and ’70s seeing fans on television either huddled and shivering under blankets from the cold in early Spring or late Fall Twins games, or sweltering in oppressive summer humidity at the old Metropolitan (outdoor) Stadium in Bloomington.

Imagine this 2010 scenario: You live in rural Minnesota about 70 miles from Target Field. The weather is overcast with with showers predicted. You’ve got tickets for the game, but you’re debating whether or not to risk driving the 140-mile round trip only to have the game postponed should the rain start pouring down.

Apply my hypothetical situation today, and you would have been huddling under blankets had the game been given the go ahead.

In the Metrodome, whether the weather’s good or bad outdoors, the game goes on under the dome. That won’t be the case at Target Field.

There’s a saying in Minnesota:

“If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes and it will change.”

That pretty much sums up the often times turbulent weather patterns of the Midwestern state.

Many will enjoy basking under blue skies and a warm sun on a perfect Minnesota summer day at Target Field. But when the weather changes “10 minutes later,” they will probably wish they were back in the climate-controlled comfort of the old Metrodome.

3 Comments so far ↓

  1. John Otto says:

    My thoughts exactly, I’m sure I’m in the minority here in MN.
    Last year on opening day we had about 8″ of snow.
    If not for the dome I doubt we would have won 2 world series.

  2. Pat Stenzel says:

    I feel the same way! If they had to have an outdoor stadium, they should have added a retractable roof! When spending that much, what’s a few million more? We’ll have to think twice before going to a game… we won’t want to get tickets in advance and then get rained out! It’s a long drive to go up there from where we live and then get rained out!
    We had lots of fun at the dome! And the weather was always perfect!!!!

  3. Bob says:

    Hi Pat, I talked to a major league baseball scout at one of the Yucaipa High games last year, and he covers the Twin Cities area. He said that all the major league owners want outdoor stadiums, but knowing the Midwest weather, he can’t figure out why the fans would want to sit outdoors either freezing, or in hot, humid weather when they could be comfortable in a doomed stadium. I bet in a couple of years, the “great outdoors feeling” will wear off and fans will wish they were back in the comfort of the Metrodome.

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