Those of us around and aware at the time may recall the long discussions about what type of stadium to build. Old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington was notorious for slow drives to the game, rain postponements in spring, great baseball in summer, decent football in the fall, and then football in snow during winter. I remember as a child sitting in a sleeping bag during a Vikings game when it was -10F. I loved it. The Vikings won, while the other team huddled around propane heaters.
Well, Minnesotans finally had enough of ritual suffering, and decided to build a new stadium closer to the middle of town. Everybody knew the best kind of stadium to build was a retractable dome, but that was twice as expensive as an inflatable dome. So penny-wise Minnesotans opted for the Metrodome, despite the earnest protests of "real baseball fans" like local TV anchorman Dave Moore.
It didn't take long to discover that the playing field was too hard. It was murder on football players, and it created a new way of getting a hit in baseball, pounding a pitch into the dirt for a super-high bounce. A few years later people noticed that the dome material started to darken from cigarette smoke and indoor air pollution. The dull gray tinge made it very difficult to track a high fly ball to the fence. Twins players became experts at that very niche skill.
By the time the Hump was torn down, pretty much everybody hated it. However, the inside structure of the place was in almost perfect condition. A brand new inflatable dome could have been installed, plus a new playing surface, for far less than the cost of a new stadium of any type. There were even proposals to retrofit the Hump to be an outdoor stadium, or even an outdoor stadium with a retractable roof. Architects these days!
Nawww, said the billionaire owners. That's not expensive and vain enough! They wanted separate new stadiums with hyper-pricey, enclosed box sections for millionaire fans of the Vikings and the Twins, or they'd all leave town! Took about ten seconds for the legislature to fold on both threats, and here we are...rain postponements again, just like in the old days at Metropolitan Stadium.
I never went inside the new Vikings stadium, but I've been to several Twins games at Target Field. A standing room ticket goes as low as $12 bucks some days, and you can post yourself almost right behind home plate at a hot dog stand. Beautiful field, but those TVs and PA system are too much noise and distraction. My dad hated them, before he died, but I think a younger version of him would have liked the place. Dave Moore would have liked it, too.