New York Times Article on the Metrodome and Other News

Metrodome Interior

My thanks to Dave Kincaid for drawing my attention to yesterday’s New York Times article about the importance of the Metrodome for college baseball in the upper Midwest – Winter Ball Never Sleeps or Shivers at Metrodome.  It’s a very good read (it is the New York Times after all) and details the nearly non-stop usage of the facility from February through April.

Ron Petrich, now an assistant professor of education at Augsburg, a small Minneapolis college, doubles as the scheduler and matchmaker for college baseball games at the Metrodome. Since 1984, he has kept the Dome humming with games, practices and scrimmages almost around the clock from February through April, when winter finally eases. The Metrodome may have said goodbye to major league baseball, but for now, it remains a Teflon-roofed lifesaver for more than 100 college, high school and other amateur teams throughout the upper Midwest.

And no more so than this winter. In February, Petrich said, he was receiving five or six calls a day from coaches with snow-covered fields as far away as Kansas and Illinois. That made for some creative scheduling.

As I’ve lamented here before (Northern Sun – Winter Games) it’s going to be very difficult on a lot of college baseball teams if they tear down the Metrodome to make way for a new Vikings stadium.

Other News

The Northern Sun Baseball Blog was recognized by Onlinedegrees.net as one of the 100 Best College Sports Blogs in the country.  I have no idea who they are and I see it’s a new site but they lumped me in with a bunch of better known sites so it’s always nice to get some recognition.

The NCAA updated their D2 Blog today and chronicled some of the teams in Division 2 baseball that had the best weeks to move them up in the national polls – Not Aiken For Wins

Finally, Northern Sun fans of NSIC’s top teams are always reminded to keep one eye on what’s happening with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference who shares the Central Region with the NSIC.  The RMAC is already 3 weeks into their Conference season.  New Mexico Highlands is the only team getting national recognition.  These 2 Conference’s send 6 teams combined to the NCAA Regional Tournament so the NSIC should be hoping for at least 3 bids – RMAC Week 7 Update

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24 Responses to “New York Times Article on the Metrodome and Other News”


  1. 1 Wow March 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Oh how nice the Dome is. Many of the NSIC teams traveled to Florida and had multiple games rained out this year. I think it would be wise to just schedule and play the games at the Dome instead. This of course as long as the Dome is still standing.
    I just hope the weather is nice for all you outdoor Mn baseball people this Spring at the new field. I will miss the Dome.

  2. 2 imafan March 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Without a roof up here it will be difficult for people to come from IA and N & SD to see a game and have it rained out. I think it was crazy to not design in at least the capability of having a roof down the road? Wonder if/how all the schools could get togather and lease the homerdome for college baseball?
    If they took every other seat out it wouldn’t be a bad place to watch baseball? The seats are VERY close/small and I am just an average sized person.

  3. 3 Wow March 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I had asked the question why they didn’t put footings in for a future roof. I was told that the they didn’t have enough space on the property they build to put the necessary footings in.
    DAH-a bad excuse if that was truly the reason.
    A travesty for all baseball in the midwest if the Dome is gone.
    I suggested a few years ago that the State buy it and make it part of the UofM campus. Instead of building a new football statium use the Dome. The Gopher baseball team is playing all home games there this year. Gopher Dome sounds good.
    I hear they want to build a new baseball stadium now. I wonder where that gold mine they found is at.

  4. 4 imafan March 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    The taxpayers are rich. Just ask the government. They never have an issue grabbing as much as they can.
    I find it really hard to believe that the site wasn’t conducive to footings for a roof? I am involved with mechanical engineering all the time that gets into structural allot and they can design footings for anything if they try.
    Isn’t most of the metro on a rock to begin with? Isn’t that why it cost so much for the billion dollar light rail they could have a private chauffer bring every rider to wherever they wanted to go for like 50 years expensive?
    I have also heard they are looking at building a new baseball stadium for the Gofh’s. They don’t play at the one they have because of the weather. They have played most of their games in the dome for years. They didn’t last year I am sure for political reasons due to the new football stadium.
    Wonder how many people and schools would be behind leasing the Dome for colleges and etc with perhaps the U being the primary? It would be much less expensive than a new one on campus for them. And the new pro football stadium shouldn’t go there anyway.

  5. 5 imafan March 18, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Is Northern going to be able to host Mankato this weekend at their house? Didn’t Wayne play them last year late at a mini field somewhere else because their field wasn’t playable even than – lets call it popcorn park as Wayne had a gazillion HR’s in the series as a result.

    • 6 Anonymous March 18, 2010 at 7:52 am

      The games were played at a local high school field in Redfield South Dakota. By my count, over a 4 game period, WSC scored 80 runs with 26 of them being scored while doing “The Trot”.

      • 7 John Plasha Sr. March 18, 2010 at 7:54 am

        You would think I would get the hang of putting my name above these post sooner or later.

  6. 8 Dave March 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I just got word that the MSU/Northern State games will be played in Mankato this weekend. It is still up in the air right now whether the games will be on Sat/Sun or Sun/Mon due to snow/rain in the forecast for Fri/Sat.

    I’m sure these won’t be the only games moved or rescheduled this weekend. Let’s just hope that everyone can get their games in on this first weekend of conference play.

  7. 9 cu17dad March 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

    How well does Augie’s field become ready after the frost is out? Or is the frost out of the ground 120 miles north of Des Moines? CU is scheduled there.

    I hate to see the dome go for college baseball. It is a great setting for college baseball and plays well for all teams.

    • 10 John Plasha Sr. March 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

      WSC is supposed to open up at Bemidji Sat. and Sun. Word on the street is that Coach Disch is trying to talk them into comming down to a turf field in Omaha instead. Haven’t heard any thing definate yet. Doesn’t matter to me as I can’t attend either location. Was gonna try and get out if games got moved to Omaha but there must be something going on there. Airfare is either sold out or $1200 to $1500. That’s outa my league.

  8. 11 Wow March 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

    The Augustana games are scheduled to be played at Minnetonka if Ronken Field in Sioux Falls is not ready. If Minnetonka is not ready I have no idea what they will do. I assume the Dome is full.

  9. 12 imafan March 18, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Minnetonka MN? Thats close to Sioux Falls?? CU must have arranged this. As thier field must not be ready yet either?

  10. 13 imafan March 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

    No fair stuffing the ballot box! Everyone can just vote once – Wayne fans!!

    • 14 fishingmn March 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

      I turned on the feature to only allow 1 vote per IP address – now if they are logging on from different locations in order to win this meaningless poll I can’t stop that 🙂

      • 15 John Plasha Sr. March 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm

        Hey IMA,
        You got any proof of these outlandish allagations? You know I never figured you for the type to cry in your beer.

  11. 16 cu17dad March 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    NCAA Wrestling Championships are in Omaha this weekend, John.

    Augie contacted /contracted the Minnetonka field earlier. The two teams played there last year.

    • 17 John Plasha Sr. March 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks for the info. I figured something was going on out there. By the way, I’ll be in your neck of the woods in a couple weeks. Gonna try and catch 4 at your place before driving to Neb. for Easter. I’ll try and look you up.

      • 18 cu17dad March 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

        Not sure if I will make the Pre-Easter series due to school on my end. If I do make the games I’ll be looking for you.

  12. 19 cu17dad March 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Minnetonka HS has a beautiful turf field. So if their field is not ready there will not be a field ready.

  13. 20 John Plasha Sr. March 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Was told today the boys from WSC are leaving tomorow for Bemidji. Looks like they’re gonna try and play some ball up north. Highs 35 to 40 both days.

  14. 21 John Plasha Sr. March 19, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Hot off the press! WSC games canceled for Saturday. Snow has struck again. Sunday still on at this point. Shame they couldn’t play on the turf field in Omaha.

  15. 23 imafan March 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I had hired macgiver as a PI who obviously gave me some bad information. I also have a new filter for tears in my beers which I will be trying out today.

    • 24 John Plasha Sr. March 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      Well, looks like the pole finished up in a tie. Guess the top spot will have to be decided where it should be, between the lines. See ya in May IMA!


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