A leetle problem has emerged with the new Minnesota Vikings stadium: Turns out somebody remembered that the Metrodome, which the new building will replace, is also used for high school and college baseball, which needs to be played indoors in the spring because Minnesota is so durn cold. And so the new stadium, as part of its promise to be a “people’s stadium” (and not just because it’ll be using more than $1 billion of the people’s money), is to be used for baseball as well. Except that the Vikings are insisting on seating that runs super-close to the football sidelines, which would result in a right field foul line only 285 feet from home plate.
The Vikings insist that they’ll build a Green Monster-style wall to make home runs to right field less ridiculous; University of Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson retorts: “We won’t get any opponents to play at a configuration like that.” You’d think it’d be possible to install a few rows of removable seats along that sideline, which can be wheeled out and then replaced when switching from football to baseball and back again — you could even make them bouncy! — but I guess when you’re the 800-pound gorilla that got the state to build this thing in the first place, you don’t feel the need to compromise.