MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twins have left the Metrodome, but it’s far from empty these days, or night for that matter.

High school teams are more than happy to go indoors, like Eveleth-Gilbert’s home opener, putting the Bears far from home.

On this day, they’re playing conference rival Mesabi East. The two programs reside just 17 miles apart, and yet traveled 191 miles to play because their home field still has a foot of snow on it.

So for now, there’s no place like Dome.

“You can only do so many things in a gym,” Eveleth-Gilbert coach Brett Kivela said. “You can’t work on double plays, and stuff like that, like you could on a field.”

It’s not at all unusual for high school baseball teams to be playing in the Metrodome, it’s just the scheduling was difficult this year.

“On years like this, it isn’t real easy to reserve the Dome — it’s pretty booked,” Mesabi East coach Chad Sahr said.

Games have been going on all day every day for weeks — a team from Wisconsin even drove three hours to play at 3 a.m.


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