Metrodome

 
 

Billowy Protection From The Elements...              

 
         
   

  The Minnesota Twins played for 27 seasons at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome before opening Target Field for the 2010 season. Noted for its air supported fiberglass fabric roof, the multipurpose facility resembles a giant billowy tent. The Metrodome is also home to the Minnesota Vikings, was once home to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football and baseball teams, and occasionally hosts basketball and other events. The scoreboards and most of the stadium’s features are unremarkable by today’s standards, but the concave roof gives the stadium a cavernous feel, and makes the Metrodome one of loudest stadiums in sports. The sounds of the PA announcer and ballpark entertainment echo repeatedly and sound as if they originate from far away. The sound of a stadium full of cheering fans is intense. The new Target Field will be located just north of downtown Minneapolis, not far from the Metrodome. Designed by the same architectural firm as Baltimore, Pittsburgh and San Francisco’s current ballparks, Target Field will resemble those three. With a capacity of 40,000, it is designed to favor neither the pitcher nor the batter. Target Field has no roof, retractable or otherwise, nor are there provisions to install one. Twins fans are now able to enjoy traditional outdoor baseball, but in a stadium vulnerable to the harsh Minnesota weather.
         
 

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