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Metrodome To Be Torn Down In Early '14; Vikings Entering Final Season In Venue
Published February 22, 2013
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: Univ. of Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson, whose team will play some games at the Vikings' new stadium, said that he "hasn't seen the design" of the facility. However, in Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports Anderson has talked to MSFA CEO Ted Mondale about a "design that calls for 44-foot NFL sidelines, a 26-foot right field wall and outfield dimensions of 300 feet to right field, 324 to left, 370 to left-center, 400 to dead center and 335 to right-center." Anderson said that the changes are "satisfactory." The new design "calls for a warning track of 10-foot-wide turf besides the 335-foot mark in center; portable dugouts with temporary walls in front of field suites; turf at home plate with a circular surrounding stripe; and club seating overhanging the right field wall that will be 4-by-11 feet and hang 39 feet, 9 inches over the field" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/22).