Cost will be the reason given for not including the retractable roof, but people connected with the decision-making process don’t believe a retractable roof is necessary. Vikings vice president Lester Bagley claims the retractable roof of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Colts’ home field, has been used “only two or three times in a year.”
Ted Mondale, as executive director of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, has repeated the same quote as Bagley to many people.
Cost is also a factor, so forget about a retractable roof. It’s not going to happen unless Mortenson Construction, the builders of the stadium, find the money someplace.
• The Twins’ portion of MLB’s revenue sharing plan for 2012 was $13 million. They paid about the same amount for 2011.
• The Twins drew 31,360, 32,221 and 34,320 for the three games just concluded with Baltimore. Twins President Dave St. Peter, encouraged by the good crowds for the Orioles, expects Target Field crowds to average at least 33,000 for the three games against the White Sox on Monday through Wednesday, then average 35,000 for the weekend series against the Red Sox.
• One Twin who is in a real slump, compared to last year from April 1 to May 12, is Willingham. A year ago during the same period, the left fielder was hitting .304 with seven home runs and 19 RBI. This season during the same period, Willingham is hitting .210 with five home runs and 15 RBI. … Doumit also has been having a tough time, hitting .250 a year ago from April 1-May 12 compared to only .214 this year. A year ago during the same period, Doumit had four homers and 21 RBI, compared to three homers and 15 RBI this year.
• J.J. Hardy, the shortstop who was traded to Baltimore by the Twins following the 2010 season, has hit .292 against the Twins in the six games he played against his old teammate this year, with one home runs and four RBI.
• The Howard Pulley Panthers, a team that included Tyus Jones of Apple Valley and Reid Travis of DeLaSalle, went 1-3 in the NIK Elite Youth Basketball League series played in Dallas. Jones played well in Dallas, averaging 25.3 points in the four games. He went 11-for-11 from the field in the first game. Travis averaged 17.3 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers. The Panthers are 7-6 in the EYBL circuit, with their next stop being Memorial Day weekend at home.
• Flip Saunders, new Timberwolves president of basketball operations, said: “I have talked to a lot of the players and the players seem very upbeat and excited. I had a long conversation today with [forward] Derrick Williams. He’s really optimistic about next year and ready, when he gets this thing [jaw surgery]taken care of and his rest time, to get to work and everything. I’ve talked to [point guard] Ricky Rubio [and] had a lot of conversations with [forward] Kevin Love.”
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