Lee talks … football and baseball and stadiums

As a native of Minnesota, Ottawa Senators reserve defenceman Brian Lee saw the images of the collapsed Metrodome in Minneapolis with more than passing interest.

The wicked winds and snowstorms of the weekend ripped a hole in the roof of the stadium, forcing the Minnesota Vikings to move their regularly scheduled NFL game with the New York Giants to Detroit Monday night.

Lee has never seen the Vikings play in the Metrodome, but has been in the stadium for many games featuring Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. He figures the latest episode could help the Vikings in their quest for a new outdoor stadium.

“Hopefully, that will get the ball rolling on a new outdoor stadium,” Lee said. “That would be great for the Vikings. They might have a bit of an advantage now because of all the noise in the Dome, but they would also have an advantage with an outdoor stadium. Teams that can play in the snow and wind can play anywhere. Look at (New England Patriots) quarterback Tom Brady and what he can do in bad conditions.”

The Patriots rolled over the Chicago Bears Sunday 36-7 in a game played in a blinding snowstorm.

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