Quick Transition At Mall of America Field/Metrodome

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 6, 2009 – 12:09 am

The epic Vikings-Packers Monday Night Football game is over, and after 60 hard-fought minutes the Vikings came away with an exciting 30-23 victory. But even though the Packers have left town and the Vikings are going home, the work is not done at the Metrodome.

As ESPN wraps up their coverage and local news crews put the finishing touches on their broadcasts, the Metrodome crew is hard at work changing the building from Mall of America Field – home of the Vikings – back to the Metrodome – home of the Minnesota Twins. The Twins, of course, will be hosting the Detroit Tigers in a 1-game playoff to decide the American League Central championship.

I’d like to begin explaining everything that must be done in order to prepare the Metrodome for a baseball game, but any explanation I could offer wouldn’t come close to giving the process its justice. Suffice it to say there’s a little more to it than shoving the bleachers back behind the baggy and putting the pitching back in its place (on the 15-yardline near where the visiting team enters the field).

The Vikings-Packers game concluded at roughly 10:45 a.m., and the hard-working Metrodome crew will have the stadium ready to host a playoff-caliber baseball game by 1st pitch tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. It’s a pretty impressive feat for the stadium crew to accomplish, but it’s also one they’ve been doing for 28 years since the building opened in 1982.

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3 Responses to “Quick Transition At Mall of America Field/Metrodome”

  1. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    There’s no place like the Dome.

  2. By Dan on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Lets hope the Twins find a better way to hang the Flag. The way the Vikings did it for MNF made it appear as if a new red stripe was added at the top. Also, not sure why the Canadian flag was hanging at the other end at the same heigth?

    Great win though!

  3. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Technical Correction: Game ended around 10:45 *PM*

    Dan – I think the Canadian flag is there because of baseball (the Blue Jays being the only Canadian team left), and with all the other things that they move around in between sports, they apparantly just prefer to leave it there for baseball and football.

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