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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June 29,1936 - May 17, 2011
Rich Pogin (left) and Bruce Lambrecht (Source: Skyway News)
Better them than me
This looks up Sixth Street from Hennepin. Just imagine what this will look like during a night game!
Checking out the bike racks on the promenade.
The bridge is Seventh Street.
The Target Center rooftop patio. Hardly glamorous, but a great view of the ballpark.
In case you don't know, that's Earl Battey.
The Northstar station at night
Puckett atrium menu part 1
Not from Moose's tour, but it's an image you need to see. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Thanks for all the hard work out there, Cold Safety-Line Dudes. (I'm glad that my job does not require safety lines...)
Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza
After the rain. (We were in the wrong spot to see the rainbow...)
A detailed crowd shot. Click to enlarge greatly.
Also warming things up are these planters.
The plaza as seen from the B ramp.
Team pennant. (Click to enlarge.)
The LRT station, sitting in a brand new urban canyon, takes shape.
The green in question (click for very large version)
Detail of the Puckett wall hanging
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
Panels arriving on flatbed trailers in front of the Twins' dugout.
Hit gap, win suit!
The tower is actually finished, though it looks like a work in progress.
Detail of the train tunnels (click to view the entire drawing)
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
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Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
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