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Metrodome roof won’t be fixed until March

Minnesota GophersHundreds of college baseball games slated for February and March will be postponed or scrapped, as the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission announced today that repairs to the Metrodome roof won’t be completed until sometime in March — at the earliest.

The Metrodome serves as the baseball home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, whose season begins in March with the annual Dairy Queen Classic, a weekend tourney that attracts some of the best college teams in the nation. The Dome also hosts practices and games from area colleges.

Finding a new home for the Classic will be problematic, to say the least. There’s no way the Gophers could play outdoor games in March at Siebert Field, though April and May games could certainly be played there.

TwinsFest, the annual Minnesota Twins weekend fan fest, will be moved to a new venue. Though the Twins have not made an announcement, we’d be surprised if it was not held at the Minnesota Convention Center, which indeed has capacity to host the event on Jan. 28-30. The Twins announced yesterday that it will be held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Twins Community Fund, remains scheduled for January 28-30, 2011.

“While it is unfortunate that we cannot hold TwinsFest at the Metrodome Twins fans will certainly enjoy what we have planned at the National Sports Center,” said Dave St. Peter, Twins President.

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