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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Two signs visible from beyond the confines of the ballpark.
A distinct misstep, ostensibly to guard against missteps. But methinks I smell a lawyer...
Looking up Seventh Street to the west
The entrance at Gate 3.
Here's a correction: The LRT platform will actually be able to load outbound trains from both sides.
The lot within the lot.
Sign installer dude
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.
Looking up Sixth Street, now barricaded for plaza extension.
Special guests in the trees!
If you arrive by bus, your first glimpse of the park will be the scoreboard's profile. (Viewed from the bus station in the B ramp.)
One more time from the third base side.
Seventh Street windows
Not much facade left to be finished at this point.
This is a background image extracted from one of the blueprint pages. It's essentially a schematic of the park (Terrace Level). In it you can see the shape of the various seating areas (to a certain extent).
And another angle looking at the overhang area of the right field pavilion. This looks to me like a great area to watch a game.
Speakers spaced evenly among the lights
Skywalk over Seventh
Hubert's remains the only sports bar within site of the Dome after 28 years of its existence. It's a cautionary tale.
The circulation ramp on Fifth Street is shaping up very quickly.
Entrance to the Champions Club
This will be a bar/restaurant.
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
A place to sit (does it look like a pitcher's mound to you?)