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What's next for the Metrodome?

Posted at 10:09 AM on May 20, 2005 by Ben Tesch (6 Comments)

It isn't every day that 20 acres of Downtown real estate comes on the market, as this Skyway News article says.

"...people are starting to think seriously about what's next if we implode the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

You don't have to be a Dome-hater to dream of the possibilities; the city of Minneapolis already has. A 2003 plan includes a vision of a dome-less future: a mini-neighborhood of housing, retail and offices with a "central park" inside the ghostly outline formerly shielded by Teflon.

City planners were looking two decades out; but if the stadium craze breaks in earnest, that future might come sooner."

What would you do with that space? Keep the dome? Put in offices or stores or housing or parks? Let's hear some ideas!

Comments (6)

What to do with the dome? Keep it , by all means. We will need it for Twins games in April and most of May, then again in September and October. Can you imagine playing baseball outdoors in October? So, we will need 2 stadiums (stadia? Ugh).

What I'm driving at is that an outdoor stadium in Minneapolis is a stupid idea. Has everyone forgotten why the Dome was built in the first place? Because it was too #!?&# cold to play baseball outside at the beginning and at the end of the season.

Hasn't anyone been to Milwaukee? They have the perfect solution--a retractable roof, real grass, and the guarantee of a game every day.
No one needs such a stadium more than the Twins. And as God--no, Sid Hartman--says, you can't add a roof later. It must be part of the original construction.

If we can't build what Milwaukee has built, then let's keep the Dome. What do you say?

Win Twins!

Posted by Rod Olson | May 20, 2005 10:34 AM

I wouldn't want to see the dome, but if it ever did get torn down, I'd have a chair, cup holder, and whatever else I could find.

Posted by TwinsJunkie | May 20, 2005 8:52 PM

i'll take a chair too........what about the vikes?? they would need a stadium before our beloved dome can meet the wrecking ball.......

Posted by daveZ | May 21, 2005 11:50 AM

I can't wait to see this hunk of junk go. And as far as I'm concerned, the Vikes can go with it. That's right, send the on down the highway to Anoka or Blaine or better yet how about Iowa? They are desparate enough for a pro football team aren't they?

Posted by BJ | May 22, 2005 12:58 AM

vikes in iowa?! that's just absolutely wrong...........

Posted by daveZ | May 22, 2005 10:17 PM

You mentioned Wiffle Ball, and although the following doesn't apply to the stadium issue, it does apply to Wiffle Ball and baseball memories and dreams coming true.To Whom It May Concern:

I belong to a Twin Cities metro area adult Wiffle Ball league called HRL: Twin Cities. Yes, that’s Wiffle Ball, the scaled down version of baseball played with plastic bats and balls. HRL: Twin Cities is hosting the first ever Wifflin’ For Wishes tournament on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3rd and 4th, 2005, at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Make A Wish Foundation of Minnesota. The plan is to field over 100 teams. All tournament information can be retrieved on the league’s sophisticated website at If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please contact me, and I can send you all the necessary information.

We're in need of sponsors and for team registrations. ITS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Specific sponsorship information can be retrieved here:

Also, even if you’re not interested in tournament sponsorship, please forward this information to baseball fans you know who may be interested in fielding a team. It is open to the public, and should be a great time for everyone involved. We’re trying to get the word out.

Thank you very much for your time,

Matt Nowaczewski (HRL: Twin Cities participant)
377 Daly St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 442-6174

Posted by Mattski | May 27, 2005 1:17 PM

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