Vikings reach deal on baseball dimensions at new stadium

  • Article by: Richard Meryhew , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2013 - 12:51 AM

Compromise on design aims to satisfy both football, baseball fans.

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larsoeriFeb. 22, 13 9:55 PM

Awesome! A 35' tarp in our shinny new $1B stadium... A 35' TARP! For indoor baseball! This is beyond ridiculous, especially considering a new Saints BASEBALL field!!!! THIRTY FIVE FOOT T-A-R-P!

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Jordan3351Feb. 22, 1311:02 PM

Larsoeri...You are as narrow minded as the Vikings are...the tarp is only in place during the baseball games (and after the Vikings season is over!)....and what the heck does the Saints stadium have to do with the 350+ baseball games played from Feb 1 through April 1?? Last I checked, this isn't a Vikings stadium, its majority is being paid for by the taxpayers of Minnesota. 10 football dates vs. a lifeline of 350 or more baseball games needed by college, high school, and amateur teams is no comparison.

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marsbonfireFeb. 22, 1311:30 PM

larsoeriFeb. 22, 13 9:55 PM Awesome! A 35' tarp in our shinny new $1B stadium__________That will only see 8 Vikings home games a year. They should do whatever is necessary to accommodate ANY other tenet that can possibly help pay off this boondoggle.

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rshacklefordFeb. 23, 13 2:30 AM

Hosting special-event professional soccer matches was promised as a use (even by Wilf too as he requested the rights to it, right?) so be certain to design the playing surface much larger than a football field. A football field measures only 120 yards long and 53.3 yards wide. The 120 yard length will require only a tiny bit of adjustment (15 yards longer at each end at the max) but the width is a huge problem with a requirement of 80 yards for soccer! So, be sure to move those sideline seats back around 25 yards on each side so we really do get a MULTIPURPOSE PEOPLES' STADIUM as was promised to us. After all, that requirement is written in the legislation for this waste of time and money. And, hey, by providing the correct width, baseball gets rid of the baggie/tarp too! Then everyone wins as was promised to the citizens. Or, did those who named all the other sports and events that will be played/held there, in order to help sell this upcoming junk building, lie to 5.3 million Minnesotans? Lastly, by making the Peoples' Stadium the proper multipurpose size, we could actually hold Olympic events should the opportunity ever arrive. So, don't ignore the legislation that was written and build this this Peoples' Stadium RIGHT by making it MULTIPURPOSE as PROMISED. And, remember: Always be sure to play your etabs.

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corngo4rFeb. 23, 13 4:11 AM

1) Larsoi-like others mentioned it is not up during Vike games and it is not like local baseball games have 10,000's of fans at them. 2) What do the dimensions do for soccer which was one of those things people were clammering for during the debate. 3)The image with the article looks great but it kind of throws the retractable roof out the window.

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nomedsFeb. 23, 13 7:57 AM

Heck, the baseball dimensions are now ideal for the Little League World Series. Maybe, we can continue to be fed lies about how this stadium is going to be used every single day of the year. I just hope they get worked out the ways this thing will be paid for, because I don't want to spend a red cent on this thing. I never buy anything in Mpls and I don't play the pulltabs.

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larsoeriFeb. 23, 13 8:30 AM

The NFL is the most profitable professional sport in the world; it is completely ridiculous that this stadium is to cater to a non-revenue generating college sport. I'd prefer they shut down Gophers baseball rather than alter the dimensions of this new stadium. Soccer is fine, because at least it’s on a rectangle and not a diamond. Did the metrodome not teach anyone a thing with multi-purpose stadiums? This is a great way to ensure costly renovations within the first 10 years, as neither the baseball rubes OR the Vikings are truly happy with this. Trying to please all is a way to ensure pleasing none.

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larsoeriFeb. 23, 13 8:36 AM

The NFL is the most profitable professional sport in the world; it is completely ridiculous that this stadium is to cater to a non-revenue generating college sport. I'd prefer they shut down Gophers baseball rather than alter the dimensions of this new stadium. Soccer is fine, because at least it’s on a rectangle and not a diamond. Did the metrodome not teach anyone a thing with multi-purpose stadiums? This is a great way to ensure costly renovations within the first 10 years, as neither the baseball rubes OR the Vikings are truly happy with this. Trying to please all is a way to ensure pleasing none.

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MichJoe500Feb. 23, 13 9:04 AM

The foundation of an argument for a new Vikings stadium 20 years from now has been put in place. Specifically, multi-purpose facilities are antiquated and don't allow for the best football watching experience, and the stadium just can't bring in enough revenue because the luxury suites were compromised in order to accommodate non-football events. Haven't we heard this argument before---which led us to where we're at right now? I just can't believe I'm hearing, before the ground is even broken for the stadium, excuses that can be used to replace it.

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adri0801Feb. 23, 1311:01 AM

Wow, one thing I DO NOT care about is college baseball. The U just got their new stadium, maybe us tax payers shouldn't have paid for that.

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