Friday, April 13, 2007

Bye, Bye Metrodome
I'm a little biased on this one. I want to see outdoor, professional baseball. And I don't want to have to travel to Chicago or Milwaukee or San Francisco to do it. The Minnesota Twins and Hennepin County taxpayers are promising that day will arrive in 2010. Yesterday, the Twins finally unveiled drawings of the new stadium. The Star Tribune's Linda Mack reports that the materials used in the new ballpark -- including local limestone -- will help give the building a Minnesota flavor. Another article in the Strib compares the park to the intimacy of Chicago's Wrigley Field. (I'll believe that when I see it.) It will be difficult to go too far wrong with this project. After all, just about anyplace is better to watch a game than the HHH Metrodome with its flimsy right field "wall," unpredictable turf, awful acoustics, a roof that's the same color as a baseball, etc. The Twins press release notes that HOK of Kansas City is the lead architect on the new stadium. HGA of Minneapolis is its local partner.

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