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.
"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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Fencing is going up all along the plaza
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of Seventh Street (looking west away from downtown). It's inviting, not imposing, and remarkably dignified.
Section 331, Row 9
Rod Carew will greet you, but he's sorely in need of a home plate for reference. (Killebrew is too.)
Town Ball Tavern balcony
Walkway entrance from ramp
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Field access on the visitor's side
From the best seat in the house (Section 8, Row A), the right field corner is blocked. (No one may care. Fine with me. People should know.)
Site of the proposed new Atlanta Braves ballpark. Look familiar?
Detail on the main gate, with Target Field sign
The Puckett atrium fireplace is just barely visible at the far left.
June 29,1936 - May 17, 2011
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
Peering through Gate 29 -- lots to see
Viewed from up Sixth Street, the tip of the canopy looks like the claw of some gigantic crustacean!
Glass going in over the Oliva gate.
The art panels on the Fifth Street facade as viewed from the top of the Minnekahda building.
One of the sweetest sights of the day -- the Dome, and only through passing bus windows.
This is why I get it, even if I don't like it.
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Here's one big problem with a retractable roof: completely terrible seating in left. These scant few seats would have been tucked under the track. No sunshine, no open concourse, it was a terribly kludgy idea. With some hindsight, it's very clear that adding a retractable roof on this small site would have required compromises which would have just been too extensive to tolerate. Without it, the design was free to grow into something much more memorable.
Midway Stadium (seen from our tailgating spot across the parking lot)
Photo by Tyler Wycoff
OK, just how many servings per container?
Looking across the top of the B parking ramp. Notice that signage will block any attempts at seeing the game from up there. Also take note of the glassed in area which is part club and part office space for the Ballpark Authority.