The blizzard that hit the Twin Cities on December 10th and 11th
dropped 17 inches of snow on the Metrodome roof, leading to the collapse
early in the morning on December 12th.
Baseball coaches scheduled to play games at the Metrodome during
February and March received an email late Monday night from Ron Perpich
of Metrodome College Baseball. The email informed the coaches that all
college games scheduled for the Metrodome this spring are canceled.
Perpich, who schedules the games at the Metrodome for colleges, said,
"Early predictions were that the Dome would be available for TwinsFest
in late January. I was encouraged by that report. However, I just
received the disappointing news that our entire schedule will be canceled because the Dome won’t be available until late March."
He concluded the email by saying, "I am devastated by this news as I
have invested a considerable amount of time putting together this
schedule and trying to accommodate each of your requests. More
importantly, I realize the impact this cancellation has for each of you
and for your players. This is a significant loss for each of us. We are
reminded of the important role that the dome has played for college
baseball since 1984."
On Wednesday night, KSTP interviewed Hamline head coach Jason Verdugo
regarding the situation for the 10:00 p.m. news.
On Thursday evening, Hamline alum Mike Max interviewed Verdugo on WCCO 830.
Verdugo and the Hamline coaching staff are currently working to find
new dates or replacements for the 13 non-conference games the Pipers
were scheduled to play at the Metrodome. Hamline's final double-header
was supposed to be their MIAC opener against Concordia College. That
double-header will still take place, although a new location (and
possibly date) will be included in the revised schedule.
Please check the Hamline baseball schedule regularly for updates. An announcement regarding a final updated schedule will be made on the Hamline website when available.