Metrodome roof collapses due to massive snowstorm

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The Twins moved out of their old indoor home and into the beautiful Target Field before the start of the 2010 season, so this news is technically no longer baseball-related.  But it’s worth a nod anyway.

As detailed by our good friends at Pro Football Talk, the roof of Minneapolis’ Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning under 17 inches of snow.  Sunday’s game between the Giants and Vikings had already been postponed to Monday night, and now it might have to be moved to another location.

There obviously isn’t enough time to set up a football grid at Target Field.  The University of Minnesota has an outdoor football stadium in the area, so that’s an option if the snow stops and can be cleared in time.

No injuries have yet been reported and PFT is hearing that the Metrodome was empty at the time of the roof collapse.  Of course, there’s little doubt that it’s going to be an expensive fix.

UPDATE: Wow.  CNN shares this must-see picture of the collapsed Metrodome roof.  Looking rough.

UPDATE II: ESPN 1500 Twin Cities has an incredible gallery of shots from inside the Metrodome.  There is a tear in the roof that seems to be getting bigger by the minute.

UPDATE III: The Big Lead passes along this FOX Sports video of the Metrodome roof collapse with several indoor angles.  It’s an incredible sight.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.