On October 4th, our beloved Minnesota Twins will play their final regular season home game ever in the Metrodome. All season long, people have been reminiscing about the last 27 years at the Dome and all the classic moments that have taken place in that sorry excuse for a baseball stadium. Seriously, can any stadium really live up to the short comings of that dump! In fairness, I have only been to one other stadium, Wrigley Field so I am be overreacting a bit but it is hard to imagine a stadium so unfit for baseball as that piece of garbage.
Oh sure, the Dome has some nice things about it. After all, we live in Minnesota and anyone who has ever visited this state or lives here, knows how fickle our weather can be, especially in April. During the home opener a few years ago, we got a nice little snow storm. I still remember watching people walking to the stadium in a blinding snow storm. Imagine if that game was outside?
Another small purpose the Dome has served is helping area college baseball teams get a jump on the season. Many area teams do not have the advantage of the nice weather that southern schools have and therefore are at a great disadvantage for getting in early season games. The Dome is booked throughout March with several college games, with some even starting at midnight. Imagine the crowds at those games!
But in all seriousness, baseball is meant to be played outside, period! If the weather is bad, so be it! We have a small window of good weather to enjoy in Minnesota and the thought of wasting a perfectly fine, summer afternoon or evening by sitting inside to watch a baseball game is not very appealing to me.
The Dome has some very bad things about it that makes me think twice about spending my money for a ball game. First of all, it is not really a great environment to sit for 3 hours and watch a game. It is really built for football and after the game, you should make an appointment with your chiropractor to help deal with your sore neck from turning it so many times. Those who sit on the first and third base sides, know what I am talking about. Another brilliant design idea was having the seats designed for those, 5 feet and under. For many of us including myself, who are over 6 feet, watching a game can make my legs rather stiff with the lack of leg room. There are many other features that are not appealing to me such as the cramped corridors, the overpriced bad food and of course, who can forget leaving the game and going through those exit gates and being blown away with the wind gusts used to air condition the dome.
But help is just around the corner. I am really looking forward to the new OUTDOOR ballpark set to open next April. The thought of sitting outside on a warm summer night in July with skyline of downtown Minneapolis in full view, will be something I will dream about all winter. After being in baseball prison for 27 years, our release is finally coming up. Baseball, the way it should be for the fan, is just around the corner.