162 and Counting
October 3, 2010 10:11 AM
Back on March 27, Noah and I bundled up and headed out to Target Field for the first time. It was a nice day, just a little chilly for a four-year-old.
It's hard to measure who was more thrilled that day.
This afternoon, Noah and I will suit up again and head out to watch game 162 (or 81, depending on how you're counting) to bookend the season. Once again, it promises to be a nice day, just a little chilly for a five-year-old.
But he's eager. I'm eager. And we're both pretty smiley about the fact that today is not the end of TF's inaugural season. Like everyone else, of course, we'll also be watching the out-of-town scoreboard pretty closely. Thankfully, it's just a question of who and when, not whether.
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Data performance has improved slightly as the season has progressed, but I've noticed that it's significantly better before and after games, and from the upper deck concourse -- especially the south (first base) side.
We'll be in section 313, row 5 if you want to stop by and say HI.
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"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
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Center field seating
One more exterior view shows that, while the original look was attractive in a way, it seems to be a variation on the look of the Washington ballpark (albeit with a much more coherent collection of elements). What's remarkable is that the design team has refined the concept amazingly well, improving it immeasurably. What we're actually getting is clearly descended from this, but it's in a whole different league:
The reverse angle shows that the signage will only partially obscure views from the top of the ramp. The wall is pretty high up there, so you'll need something to stand on, but it appears that this is one of the so-called "knotholes".
Loading docks to the right, VIP entrances to the left.
Very interesting detail starting to appear here.
Town Ball Tavern balcony
Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.
This is the main entry to the Pro Shop. The second entry, located just outside the turnstiles, is indicated by the arrow.
Original Concept - With a Retractable Roof
Not much facade left to be finished at this point.
Rooftop scaffolding, for the wind veil installation?
Looking from the middle of the third base side back toward the entry door
North Loop Deli
Photo by Jeff Ewer
The back row of seats in straight-away center. Note that, beyond those seats, you can see the planters (for flowers) on the front of the Left Field Bleachers.(Batters Eye)
It's pretty easy to see right into the Twins dugout!
Here's a closer look.
CBP: retro in facade only
This is what it looked like during the first open house in March.
Noah is checking out the ample leg room and truly exemplary sight lines.
The equivalent spot on the model.
Giant screened images! (573 Club, my back to Seventh Ave windows)
A flurry of action in front of the dugout before the game (Photo by Jeff Ewer)
The glass area seen here is one of the warm-up areas.
From the revised site plan, this is the configuration of Gate 34 Puckett.
Just one lane of traffic and a couple of feet between the fence in right-center and the wall of the parking ramp!
ght that was cool.
A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)
The back gates at Comerica park, like everything else, a bit overwrought.
Sue Nelson, and her organ, in one of the Twins Pubs
It's pretty easy to see right into the Twins dugout!
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
Selected Bibliography - Analysis
First Edition (1992)
Second Edition (2006)
Selected Bibliography - Surveys
Second Edition (1987)
Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000, large coffee table)
Original edition (2000, round)
Revised edition (2006, round)
(2001, medium coffee table)
(2002, small coffee table)
(2003, medium coffee table)
(2004, very large coffee table)
(2006, very large coffee table)
Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
Book and six ballpark miniatures