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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Baseball dispute could delay Vikings' stadium

  • The Vikings hope to put seats as close to the field as possible as they wedge a baseball diamond into a gridiron rectangle.
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  • Minnesota Vikings officials and public authorities are at odds over how to squeeze a baseball field into a stadium designed primarily for football.
    The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/VhjoUv ) the impasse threatens to delay a project already facing tight deadlines. The newspaper says it also appears to be an early test of just how accommodating the Vikings will prove to be.
    The Gophers and other college and prep baseball teams hope to play early-season games in the shelter of the new stadium.
    But the Vikings hope to put seats as close to the field as possible as they wedge a baseball diamond into a gridiron rectangle.
    Baseball coaches say the biggest problem is the plan puts the right field foul line and power alley about 20 feet too close to home plate.

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